Why kids swear
As your child grows, he expands his vocabulary by listening to the people around him – and no-one spends more time with him than his parents.
- Along with learning new words, he also learns the type of reaction a word will get (which is why the word ‘no’ is so popular – he sees how you react when he says no to you.) So if he thinks that certain words have power to them, he will try them out to see how you react.
- If you swear a lot, you are modelling behaviour to him that he will eventually model back to you – so if you don’t want your child to swear, you need to stop swearing yourself.
- If you communicate to him by laughing that he’s funny or cute when he swears, he will try to please you by doing it again and more often.
- If you get angry when he swears, he may be tempted to throw the swear word at you when he’s angry and wants to upset you.
- Your child will love to play with new words as he learns them, and he’ll be tempted to bring out the ones that get the biggest response when he’s excited or angry. Perhaps this is why toddlers love nothing better than a good fart or bottom joke!
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