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6 Tips You Can Use to Stop Your Kid From Cursing

According to a national study, 86 percent of parents say that children ages 2 to 12 are cursing more nowadays than when they were kids. Fifty-four percent of parents report their child has cursed in front of them, while 20% believe the child did not understand what the phrase meant. Swearing is, at its best, a clumsy manner of expressing feelings. It actually hinders one's ability to express emotional events at its worst. So, whether a youngster hears these bombs from you, at school, or on television, it's critical to intervene before the situation worsens.

Here are some suggestions for dealing with your child's swearing:

1. Don't let your emotions get the best of you.

Address it immediately and calmly, regardless of your child's age. Begin with a basic rule for children under the age of six: “No swearing ever.” Address why swearing is not acceptable to older children who can think more imaginatively. Your goal is to ensure that children are able to express their emotions, communicate effectively, and portray themselves in the best possible light.

2. Put a stop to it.

Some parents fear that bringing a child's incorrect statements to their notice will just promote the behavior, so they choose to ignore them. But if you don't teach your child, how will he learn that profanity isn't acceptable? First, check with your youngster to see if he or she understands the word. If they say no, emphasize that the word is insulting, that it has an impact on how others perceive you, and that it is unacceptable. If your child understands the word, give him a similar statement, but keep in mind that it may need to be integrated into a bigger discourse.

3. Be truthful.

"But I heard you/Daddy utter it," your child might say when you scold him or her. Refrain from denying or justifying your own profanity. Admit that you, too, have trouble controlling what you say. You won't generate a double standard this way, and you'll have the extra benefit of having your child feel like he's dealing with an adult issue.

4. Look for new words

Sit down with your child and come up with new, non-offensive phrases or words to use when she is frustrated, unhappy, or angry. When youngsters are called names, they frequently use these terms. Use this scenario to talk to your youngster about his or her sentiments toward a friend or sibling. Encourage her to explain how the person makes her feel with other terms. This can help her increase her language and transform a tense situation into a bonding experience.

5. Establish consequences

If none of the previous methods work, or if your child has already developed a habit of swearing, you'll need to take more drastic measures to teach him that this is not acceptable conduct. Tell him you'll deduct fifty cents from his allowance or give him a new household job if he swears at home.

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