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They are picking it up from daycare along with spitting. I am very strict and disciplined but they just refuse to listen to me no matter what I try.


Posted by Mandi2406, 29th October 2014


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  • It could be a case of the more you react, the more they’ll swear. You could try ignoring it, see how you go


  • Try ignoring it, they’re more then likely doing it for attention. If it’s something new, they’ll just be testing their boundaries


  • Try a happy chart and a sad chart.
    Happy Chart gives rewards like a day out on the weekend or a present.
    Sad Chart lets them know that this is not a good thing. Makes you sad and they will be
    sad too! No toys, no going out to play at the park or even the backyard. Sad as Daddy and family members will see what has been going on.
    This works if it is explained well to them.


  • do not swear in front of them it is true
    know they always remember naughty words true too!
    so make up other words to use instead
    biscuits and bottle tops! I have angrily said
    makes you laugh, like traffic lights green not on red!


  • Make a good boy or girl calender and put on the wall. Everytime a day goes by with no swearing they get a star sticker when they acculimate 7 or 10 stickers you can give them an option of a family day out for a fun day or something else they really love. if they swear even once in one day no star and do a time out chair so they know you really mean business.


  • We now try not to make a big deal of it when our little one swears we say” we do not use that word, its not a nice word” and then we move on. We have tried a few different ways and this one seems to be the one working for us.
    Hope you find something that works for you.


  • I’m thinking my little one is picking up swearing from his dad.. But I’m never too sure because he still doesn’t pronounce all his words correctly.. I’m not sure if he is actually trying to say a swear word!


  • Firstly I would talk to the daycare as they should be onto it with you. We have a thinking chair in the laundry for bad behaviour.


  • I would be taking this up with not only the carer’s for your children but also the center’s leader. This is something that isn’t acceptable and needs to be straightened out. And, I’m sure you aren’t the only parent that feels like this. For children so young, they don’t understand what they are saying isn’t nice therefore they are copying. Good Luck.


  • We went though this and every time we would say we don’t use that word if you do you will be going to bed.


  • I went through this and it ended up phasing out :)


  • I try to be very patient and not make a big deal of it because otherwise it becomes an attention seeking thing. I always replace what ever swear word they use with another good word. Has worked well with the occasional slip up Goodluck :)


  • We went through the swearing stage when they would use the swear word I would say no you can’t say that say crikey or holy mackerels instead , it took awhile but they got it in the end also put them in time out after you tell them what are acceptable words


  • I too use tobassco sauce and tell him it’s a bad word that he shouldn’t say and get my 2 yo to apologise for using a bad word. I also give him alternate words to use ( because even though he is only 2 he seems to use it in context unfortunately – thanks to dad) like Far out man instead of the F word. Or SSShhhh instead of shutup or stupid. Or come on dude.
    I tried ignoring but he now slyly says it when i’m not around and I can’t tell everyone to ignore it…it’s embarrassing from kids so young isn’t it.


  • I think it’s just a bit of a testing phase. Don’t make a big deal. Tell them it’s not acceptable in your home then drop it.


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