Why kids swear
By Ella Walsh |
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!
Read more about behaviour:
- Stop sibling rivalry
- Lying and how to stop it
- What to do when kids swear
- Fighting in the car
- Why kids swear
- Dealing with kids swearing
- Discipline dos and don'ts
- Practical parenting advice from Betsy Brown Braun
- Parents who yell
- Yelling at the kids
- Tantrums in primary school children
- Common fears in school children
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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include SA Government's Parenting and Child Health