Most school-aged children will experiment with words they hear so it’s unrealistic to expect that your child will never swear. You can help discourage swearing by setting a good example with the words that you use. The first time your child swears, plan to ignore it. Kids are more likely to swear if it gets a reaction from others. If swearing continues, be clear with your child about what you expect. Agree on words that are okay to use and ask them to use those words instead. Talk about what the consequences will be if they swear again.
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program can help families learn more ways to deal with swearing and other common childhood behaviour. To find out more, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit www.triplep-parenting.ca.