Curses! Your kid's started swearing and you're not sure what to do! Here are some simple steps to take to cut out the cursing!
- Pretend the swearing didn't happen, so you're not giving your kid a payoff for swearing in the form of a reaction from Mom or Dad.
- Give your kid some alternate, non-naughty choices like "Oh man!" to take the place of the curse words.
- Curb your own cursing, if you've got a bit of a potty mouth yourself.
- Keep your kid's friends clean, too. Let playmates know that swearing isn't welcome in your home.
- Pick your battles. You'll have to decide what's "officially" a swear word in your house. Do "oh shoot!" or "that sucks" count, for instance? Or are they off limits, too?
- Try not to cringe or be too embarrassed if your little one picks up a potty word. Swearing in toddlers may only be intelligible to you—strangers might not even realize your kid is cursing.
- Finally, if the cursing continues, you may need to institute some form of punishment to make it clear you mean business.