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    Default How to stop toddler and preschooler from swearing :(

    My 4-year-old DS1 and 23-month-old DS2 have just discovered swear words. DH and I swear occasionally, but we aren't chronic swearers or anything. Regardless, it is our fault and they have picked it up from us. I now have an issue where my 23-month-old is dropping the eff bomb regularly, and in public too. It is dreadful. Any tips on how I can get my boys to break this habit? My 4-year-old isn't as bad as the 23-month-old.

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    When someone swears around dd, they're made to apologise because that's a naughty word. It didn't take dd long to learn what not to say and she now pulls people up that swear lol

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    Stop swearing in front of them, for starters (but you probably figured that out already lol). Make sure you pull them up on it every time and tell them we don't say that word etc, it will probably take a while especially with the little one because he probably isn't old enough to understand the concept of 'bad' words.

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    Replace the swear word with another. They will start repeating that!

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    Just stop swearing, and ignore it when they do it.

    I find my kids do it to gauge a reaction from me, so I simply ignore it.

    My kids get it from my dad, who has a habit of yelling 'pucking' every time he's annoyed, and it's literally yelling.

    Must admit when I heard my 2 yr old scream pucking out very loudly I wanted to laugh, but never the less it's not a word I want them to use regularly.

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    My 3.5 year old DS says a boy at DC swears and I explained to him that swear words are not nice words and that if he hears a child/adult swear, just to ignore it.

    Don't get me wrong, my DS has dropped the occasional F bomb and stood there smirking waiting for my reaction. He is put in time out immediately and once again I explain cuss words are bad.




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    I've told my kids that swear words are for adults to say, not kids, and it sounds yucky when kids say them. I tell them that when they're adults they can say those words if they want. I don't say that they're 'naughty' words, because as you know, some kids do 'naughty' things on purpose just to be cheeky. It has worked brilliantly for me. Their dad swears so much, and I swear quite a bit too, and the kids never swear. They've each said each swear word once, and then after I explain that it's an adult word, they don't say it again.

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    I would say stop it at its source... Where are they getting the word from? I'm sure that if they stop hearing it, and they get no reaction from saying it, they will soon 'forget' the word....

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    I told my kids they are adult words and when they are adults they can swear as much as they like.
    I've found kids tend to swear a significant amount more when you react to their swearing. If you brush it off with a " that's not a very nice thing to say" and continue with what you are doing they are a bit flabbergasted when there is no real reaction and eventually lose interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juzz View Post
    I would say stop it at its source... Where are they getting the word from? I'm sure that if they stop hearing it, and they get no reaction from saying it, they will soon 'forget' the word....

    This. Kids will move on when they start hearing it.


 

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