Two year old saying bad words?

Marlene - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My two year old over hears her father and uncle cuss at each other since we live under one roof. He thinks it's funny when she says the 'f' word and has her repeat it. Now it's not so funny when she says it in public! I can't get her to stop saying it...not even by spanking her or putting her in time out! I'm out of ideas!!

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Jayne - posted on 04/15/2010

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We had this problem for a while too. My 2 yr old used "s**t", "krap", and "d**n" properly in a sentence. It was really frustrating and embarrassing.
I just explained that they were not nice words and mommy/daddy shouldn't use them either. Then ignored if he did and worked really hard at watching my own language.
Took a while (4-6 weeks) but he has stopped using them and will even tell me about it if I slip. "not a nice word mommy". Being corrected by your toddler really brings parenting into perspective :)
Good Luck!

Danielle - posted on 04/14/2010

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I had the same problem, i was looking after my mums dog and was rushing out the door one morning popped upstairs and came down to find the dog had pooed in kitchen so my little boy over heard me scream ' o great the dogs s*** in the kitchen and when i was putting him in the car he goes doggy s*** i just ignored it and luckily has never said it again. Maybe the next time she says it just ignore it and divert her away to do something else.

Stephanie - posted on 04/07/2010

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Ive had to explain to my son that those words are for mommies daddies and uncles to say. And instead say a different word that's acceptable for her to say. My son gets frustrated now (he's 2 1/2) and because of my coaching he'll just start saying Gosh Darn and What the Heck Dang It Ect. When I feel like cussing I use the same words to emphasize my point. Id rather him say something funny instead of cussing even though I know its part of life and he's going to hear it no matter what I try. Maybe talk to your husband about changing the things he says...like to the funny words. My son loves it when his daddy says the approved words...instead of the naughty words. Although my husband's soldiers tend to laugh at him when he starts spouting "gosh darn idiots cant you get your stuff together and stop being lazy bums!"--not too intimidating LOL

Lisa - posted on 04/06/2010

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hi i'm the nana of a 2 1/2 year old, we had the same problem, everyone thought it was funny until one day out in public she didn't get her way and started yelling "f u" at the top of her lungs! my husband simpley removed her from the store and when we got home i took out the pepper and put just a tiny little bit on her tongue. she was wipping her tongue, spitting and saying "i don't like it nana" i told her if she said anymore bad words i would put more pepper on her tongue, she said ok and reallly hasn't done it again. although when she starts to say it, "i say" nana will get the hot pepper and then it's ok nana. i know it's "time out" "redirecting" and what ever else new moms are doing. but sometimes "old fashion remidies work to". wish you luck!!! lisa e

Ella - posted on 04/05/2010

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I agree totally with Melissa. The baby has no idea what is going on. She just knows that daddy thinks its cute so lets say it again. If her dad and uncle continue to use that language in front of her and even tell her to say it then the problem is with them and will not be corrected until they are. I know it must be embarrassing when she says it in public. I pray you are able to reach the two men and have their help in refraining from such language.

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By you reacting to it so strongly, that's why she's doing it. And she's probably completely confused! The guys think it's funny and laugh when she says something...and then you punish her for the same thing. So is it funny and cute, or is it a no-no? She has no clue.

Also, she does not know that it's a "bad" word. She knows it gets a serious reaction, but doesn't know what the actual word means. To her the "f" word is no different than "ball" just another word...with different reactions from the parents.

The problem here is NOT your 2 year old. She's 2. The problem is her father and uncle who think it's funny. Maybe you should consider taking up the problem with Them instead of her. She's just doing what makes Daddy laugh and saying what he told her to say. Are you going to spank her and put her in time out when you tell her to do something, and she does it? You tell her go put a cup in the sink....so she goes and puts the cup in the sink. Going to spank her now? That's Exactly what you are doing.

The problem is not her.

If you happen to be in public and she says a bad word, you can always laugh it off by saying "no Honey, It's Fire-Truck"

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2010

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I'm not too sure what to say, but what might be worth a try, when she say's it, punish her as you see fit, tell her it's wrong, maybe change the word to something thats sounds similar, eg buck or even get a book cause thats does sound similar to the f word, might encourage her. Hope you have some luck, sarahx

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