What to do about your child's smart mouth?

Danielle - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is fixing to turn 10 and boy her mouth sometimes overloads her butt!!How can I correct this and make it work?

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Jessica - posted on 10/17/2010

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My 7 year old son can get nasty too! We have a system of rewards/punishment where we use marbles. For every chore he gets a marble. Also if he has good behavior or does something nice without being asked, doing his homework right away, etc. If he misbehaves he loses a marble. Once he has a full jar of marbles he gets a reward. He has 3 different size jars, bigger jars have bigger rewards.
We started this over the summer and it has really helped our son. I was at my wits end with him and this has turned him around. He still misbehaves but doesn't as often because he doesn't like losing marbles.

Monica - posted on 10/16/2010

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I have a 7 year old son and he can have a mouth too. i firmly explain why that is not acceptable and then typically a punishment like he loses a hour of his tv time

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Julie - posted on 10/15/2010

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the same as you correct any other bad behaviour with punishment and consequence. at 10 she is probabl;y just coming into the lovely tween and inbetween times where she is getting ready for the lovely changes and the PMT to kick in. her mouth will get progressively worse and you will have more consewquence than anything else but it wont last forever and dont take anything to heart. rememebr what you were liek about that age and go with your instincts. try to build a good relationship with her and spend lots of girly time and you will both be fine.

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