How to Stop Your Child's Swearing
Where did your child learn that word?! Understanding the source can help you trash your child's four-letter vocabulary.
What You Need to Know
Your child may swear for several reasons:
- repeating something he heard without understanding the meaning
- to get attention from you
- to gain peer acceptance by doing something “cool”
- to prove independence
- to mimic a television role model
- to be in control by challenging past taboos
How You Can Help
- Understand the source. Ask your child – calmly – why he's chosen the word he has, and where he heard it. Reacting with shock or anger will only encourage an attention-seeking child, so be careful.
- Set an example at home – it won't be easy explaining why your child can't swear when he frequently hears four-letter words pouring out of others' mouths in the house.
- Explain the swearing can be offensive, and discuss more effective ways of expressing emotions, such as talking things through, or writing feelings down.
- Set rules, define consequences, and follow through if your child ever gives you reason for it.
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