7 ways to stop kids' swearing

7 ways to stop kids' swearing

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One day, without really knowing why, you hear your son say one of those swear words ... that he never heard you say. But ... how is it possible? Very easy: school, television, video games ... Children quickly learn new words. And even more of those supposedly 'banned'.

But do not spread panic. What to do at that time? Scold him? Punish him? Here you have a practical guide to action in case curse words become common words in your child's language.

Keep in mind that swearing is nothing more than words. At first, and said by very young children, sometimes without the meaning that adults give it. Many times they say them because they learned them and they repeat them by imitationbut they don't really know what they mean. Here is what psychologists say you can do if this vocabulary becomes persistent for your child:

1. Do not ban. In any case, nothing attracts more than 'the forbidden'. It is better to give him freedom to speak but explaining what is not correct and why. Never forbid saying those words, because if not, what you will get is just the opposite effect ... that he repeats them without stopping.

2. Don't laugh. If you laugh every time your child utters a rude or foul word, what you are doing is reinforcing that behavior. Your child, no matter how young, will think 'wow, if they happen to like it ... I'll keep doing it.' Later, when you try to stop it, your child will not understand why you used to laugh and now you scold him.

3. Watch the gestures when you hear the swear word. Not only does it consist of not laughing ... the features of the face speak volumes. If you wrinkle your nose or open your eyes a lot when you hear the expletive, your child will understand that you do not agree, that it bothers you ... and will continue saying it.

4. Ignore it. There is no better 'vaccine' against a bad sounding word than ignorance. If every time your child says a bad word to get attention, you ignore him and pretend you haven't heard anything, in the end he will come to understand that those words are useless. Psychologists think that in 2-year-olds, swearing is 'weapons of power'. Many use them because they know they annoy adults, and it is a way of expressing their anger or disagreement with something.

5. Look for alternative words. If the child uses curse words to express his anger, it is best to offer him more vocabulary so that he can do the same but with other words. The goal is for them to channel their anger or frustration.

6. Watch what they see on television and tablet. Often times, the rude vocabulary is not learned at home, but in series that they see on television or video games. Keep an eye on what your child watches and explain why certain shows are for older children ...

7. Watch your vocabulary. Sometimes curses escape us without us noticing. Driving, before a football game ... Many times we are not aware that we say them. Watch your vocabulary in times of stress.

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