2 year old says swear word-has this happened to anyone???

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Hi my daughter just turned 2 in Dec. She speaks really well and also apparently has a mind like a sponge. I said a couple bad words in front of her the other day-it kinda slipped and last night i told her she couldnt have something and she yelled at me and repeated those bad words! We typically watch what we say around her because obviously we dont want her learning such words. I just cant believe she picked up on it after i said it 1 time! Has anyone else had this happen? I felt like such a bad parent. I explained to her that they were bad words so hopefully she grasps that concept just as easily!

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Janna - posted on 03/10/2010

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Yes! My son is picking up words now like there's no tomorrow and my husband doesn't always watch what he says when Nick is around. Here lately, Nick has been saying the "F" word whenever something bad happens (like when he drops one of his cars). So, I got him to say "Oh man!" now and things have been a lot better.

Tiffany - posted on 04/10/2010

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Haha, my answer to that is what 2 year old dont cuss from time to time... haha. My lil man did and picked it up from his gpa, which just so happens to have dentures. So we took advantae of that. Everytime he would say a bad word we would say in a scared voice " OMG thats a bad word. Your teeth will fall out like Pawpaws. Let me check your teeth." and he would look so worried and wed look at his teeth and tell them they were ok now but if he kept saying them they would fall out. lol. It worked. A bad word slips out from time to time but he always says "look at teeth" after he says them with a scared lil look on his face.

Susan - posted on 04/02/2010

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The more you react to it the more she will keep saying them just don't react to them and she will not be saying them anymore. my son does the same thing and the more i told him not to say them the more he kept it up now when he does say them i don't react and he stops .

Michelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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I think we've all had this a time or two... my son gets mad and occassionally uses the "F" word... all at the appropriate times of course..lol One time, we are at my sister's for my niece's birthday and her mother in law was there ( who is a really nice church going woman) and aaron dropped his spoon and yells F*** . I could have died of embarassment.. I just shot his dad "the look" cuz daddy knew where he learned it. But honestly as most have said.. ignore it. This to will pass. And don't worry... not one of us would think you a bad parent.. we all have our moments.

DeAnna - posted on 03/30/2010

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Well we have let a few words slip a few times...but my 2 yr old has mainly caught her stuff from my husband's side of the family cuz they don't care. Every time she says on i tell her that its a bad word not to say it and she just looks a me and smiles and whispers it to me again and then yells bad word!!...i really dont know what to do with her. She really dont do it out in public thank god!!! but if she keeps on she probably will be...shes even caught on to some horrible words...that i have NEVER said around her!! It embarrassing cuz it makes me look bad even though she didnt learn them from me...thats for sure!

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Trudy - posted on 09/29/2012

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I can understand the occasional slip, only human. However, I am SHOCKED and APPALLED that parents are so utterly ignorant and naive to expose their kids to television, films, music that have swear words and adult content. Teach your children well and they will follow! Have them watch a youtube or PBS of Mr. Rogers or other positive shows. No wonder our world is so nuts and lack of morals or respect. It all comes down to the parents, not the teachers, not the government... to the parents. Buckle up your bootstraps and be responsible! Stop being clueless and un-responsible!

Ciara - posted on 05/18/2010

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haha, yea me too my highly spirited toddler mind is a total sponge....one time he heard me cursing whilst i was joking with one of my friends and then he repeated those it in a snap,, so we really have to watch what we are saying around our toddlers specially if they cant understand the difference between right and wrong yet. its really bad:(

he keeps repeating it but he knows im going to get mad so he just says it in like a whispering voice which is still not good because he usually says it infront of other people, or when were outside. really embarrasing that people will think i teach him that, hmm, well its just up to us parents to explain that some words are just for adults and can be used my toddlers or any kids than saying its a bad word and you cant say it when he heard us saying it.hope this is helpful:)

Brianna - posted on 04/02/2010

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i just taught my son that anything my husband says that i dont say is a bad word. now when my husband says a bad word, aaron lets him know.

Diane - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi; My little two year old one day started saying the F word she heard from a television show and making up a song with it. Wow were we shocked! Anyway she is very very smart so we sat her down and explained what the word was supposed to be used for "only when you are really really angry about something" and not as an every day word. She stopped saying it except for one time when she was extremely upset with me for taking away her drum set and said "F***!" I couldn't get mad at her though, she did say it appropriately :)

Bethany - posted on 03/06/2010

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Yep, my son heard one swear word (d**n) and has repeated it in the appropriate context several times since then, including one episode at Disneyland when I told him that I'd forgotten to bring his sunglasses. He sighed and said "Oh d**n!" We just pretend like he's mispronouncing the word and calmly say "you mean oh drat?" and he'll say "oh yes. Drat! Oh drat!" The hard part is not laughing when he swears and staying very calm. We're trying to not react at all when he says it so it's not a big deal and he doesn't get any unusual attention.

Becky - posted on 03/06/2010

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Yeah that definatley happens to me I have a 2 year old son and let me tell you when he gets mad he yells and says a couple of bad words that he has picked up from me and his father. the only probably is is some things he says sound all the same so it depends on how he is feeling if someone sneezes he says bless you (which sounds like f**k you) but if hes yelling he is most likley saying that word.....We keep telling him no giving him time outs and nothing has happened just watch what you say around him and maybe he/she will say it less....i dont think it makes a bad parent but just a parent. we cant all be perfect, but maybe if we say it less they will forget it and not say it as much and eventually at all.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2010

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hiya, yeh they r like mini sponges...dont worry my fella went through a phase of "fuck it anyway" a phrase my younger brother uses quite often unfortunately, i found that if i just ignored it he stopped... u r def nt a bad parent it jus one of those tings

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Christie - posted on 02/20/2010

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We are having a hard time getting my daughter to stop saying "poopy @$$". I tell her casually that _ss is a red word and that means don't say it, stop. Say the green word, butt, instead. She now says butt on occasion and we make a big deal out of it to encourage her. Of course she is still fixated on the other word and I guess we'll just have to wait it out and keep encouraging her to say those green words! I should mention that she may be developmentally delayed and could be the reason for the fascination with the word still.

Rebeca - posted on 02/15/2010

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Yes my little boy is one himself. My husband and I don't swear in front of our kids but my little guy suddenly picked up these bad words, how??? well, tv and movies of course!!!!. I on the other hand took it seriously and made a big deal out of it.... the consequence... now he says it all the time. My advice to you is DO NOT make a big deal out if it. That'll only make a game out of it for them 'cause everytime I made a big deal out of it he would start saying it more and have a big laugh out of it too!

Alesha - posted on 02/15/2010

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Seems like all us moms relate. My 2 year old son born Dec. 21, is the same way, he's a little sponge that picks up thing really easily, even on the first time. Well I happened to be watching the Tyra show one evening while my son played with his trucks on the floor. The episode was about children who cursed a lot. Soon as my son hear the little boy say the "B" word, he immediately stood up and said it. I think children are naturally drawn to the things that adults say or do. If a child hears his favorite people, usually Mom and Dad, say these things, I think its just part of them building vocabulary and trying to fit in. It actually shows how smart they are to be able to hear a word only once and then understand its concept well enough use in a fitting situation. My advice would be to not make too much of a big deal out of it and just try to make them understand that you made a mistake that they are bad words that can hurt people's feeling and they should be avoided. I made the mistake of making a big deal out of when my son first started saying Shut up, needless to say I have had the hardest time getting him to stop saying it. When i reacted less the next time around when he said the "B" word and just asked him not to say that bad word anymore and continued on what i was doing, he seem to listen better and hasn't repeated that word since. Hope that helps

Toni - posted on 02/14/2010

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same with my little girl, we have let a few words slip every now and then, and she has repeated them, as with us it's also hard not to laugh. i think all kids say them at one stage or another especially when they are learning to talk they just think it's all new words for them to try.

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thanks everyone now i dont feel so alone and like such a bad parent lol. It was pretty funny when she did it-i had to stop myself from laughing too. she hasnt said it since so i think not making a big deal about works!!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2010

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Same with my child, I cursed in front of her cause it slipped and she used the word a couple of times but now she doesnt anymore. i read it is best to ignore it and not repeat it (of course) and not to dwell on it for too long, I would tell her no baby dont say that but then carry on.

Karen - posted on 02/04/2010

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:) Yes, it happens. Our daughter is a total sponge, but especially when you don't want her to be!! She even seemed to understand that those words were only used when something bad happened and you were really upset. My husband dropped a jar or cup of something a few months ago and without missing a beat she yells out "Da** It" It took everything in me to not bust out laughing, I had to run to the bathroom. She has done it several times over the past 6 or so months, but knows that it is only for instances like that. We have tried to tell her they are bad words and she should say them. I only hope she doesn't do it at daycare!!

Kirsty - posted on 01/28/2010

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hi dont worry about it my son said some bad words but we just told him it was bad but he kept doing it so someone told me just to dont listen to him now he hasnt said them since so i know what its like

Jen - posted on 01/27/2010

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Haha yes, my daughter repeated me one day, but thank God hasn't said it again. If she happens to say it don't acknowledge it and it should go away on it's own. If she continues to say it then you can explain that there are some words that only mommies and daddies can say.

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