Why does my child swear? Many children learn swear words in the same way that they develop language so will pick it up from other people. The reason they keep doing it is because it has a dramatic effect on others-making it worth repeating!
My advice here then would be to tell your child “Mummy/Daddy are not listening when you use those words. We will listen next time, when you choose good words.” Also, praise them often for making good word choices and try to avoid any kind of reaction to the swearing. This may involve having to leave the room, to laugh. You have been warned!
Don’t forget that children learn by copying-so don’t be surprised when they copy something you have said when you are driving or with your friends and you think they aren’t listening!
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