i can't get my 2 year old to stop swearing|. any suggestions?

Brianne - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my 2 year old has picked up quite a few swear words. i try and watch what i say the best i can around him but i can't really control what other people say. i have tried differentthings and none have worked. any suggestions? please. i could really use it. he's starting to understand how to use different words. he dropped his cup and out his mouth come the f word just like most people wold use if they dropped somethin

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Sarah - posted on 07/05/2010

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Probably just a phase, an embarassing one. My older son went through that right around the same time. One night, at dinner, he said one of the words, s&*t, I think, and I put a little soap on my hand and put it in his mouth. He flipped out and hasn't said anything since.

Amanda - posted on 07/04/2010

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lol I have the same problem with my son hes 2 aswell. I find it amusing but wont be when I get called into school for him calling the teacher a bastard.
Anyway my advice is to just keep watching what words you say, maybe try replacing them with other words. I remember when I was little and I used the f word... My mum explained to me that fuck is a naughty word and instead of using to replace it with fudge, or fudge cake, or foospickle. Be creative they sound alot better then those nasty dirty words.

Wardah - posted on 07/01/2010

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If they hear it they will say it. We have made a point of not being around people who swear or watching main stream tv when he is around. We watch kids programing only in his presence. Lead by example.

Samantha - posted on 06/18/2010

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Occasionally my son will say a bad word. We correct him immediately and give him an alternative word. Something more appropriate. It has been really affective with my 2 year old son. Good luck

Jamie - posted on 05/18/2010

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My daughter just came out with the word damn it where she got it from I don't know bc we dont use that work, the technique we use when we need to get through to her is that I get down to her level and tell her to look at my eyes and use her fist name and say that is a notty word and we do not say that word, if she looks away I repeat look at my eyes, and repeat myself, she has not said that word again. I would not use soap.

Lisa - posted on 05/17/2010

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the tender age of two and three is the time to begin teaching right from wrong.. once they are four and five, they go to school and learn from they're teachers and other children.
i'm sure you have noticed that your two year old is repeating everything you do and say.. kids are sponges at this age.. just keep doing the best you can and raise him the way you want to. dont let any one tell you how to raise your child.. its ok to fail sometimes. teach your child the values, and the rights and wrongs that matter to you.
you are doing a good job, keep faith in yourself, good luck

Heather - posted on 05/16/2010

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Well its been said before, and I agree. Don't swear, and ask others not to swear around you children. My daughter doesn't know any swear words cause she doesn't hear them, mind she has picked up words like "poop", from daycare, but we are able to keep that in context these days (only to be used in reference to potty training.)

Shyla - posted on 05/12/2010

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I agree with becky! I've told my husband as well as keep myself in control the rare times something bad comes out of my mouth that we have little ears and everything is new to them. my boy drops the F word just recently. Oh my, so as long as we don't pay attention to him he doesn't bother with it anymore. I just tell him that is a no no word. He will get a booboo :).

Beck - posted on 05/11/2010

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You as a mother have the right to protect your child. If you have an issue with people around you swearing make it known that little ears are listening and you don't want that language spoken around your son. My family is much into swearing but I have told them if they cannot keep it buttoned then we will have to reduce our visits and that has worked incredibly well. I'm not sure if that will go down as well with the people you spend your time with but it may be worth a try. Maybe a little more politely than I have written too :)

Stephanie - posted on 05/09/2010

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I agree with you Tara, I don't swear around my daughter but my husband does and he is starting a bad habit, I have discussed this concern with him and he is doing better, but swearing is such a nasty habit for adults too:( I think it makes people sound uneducated, but it's hard to break any type of habit even a simple one like swearing.

Tara - posted on 05/08/2010

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EVERYBODY, REMEMBER THEY LEARN BY EXAMPLE!!!! IF YOU DO IT THEY WILL DO IT. IF YOU DON'T THEY WON'T BE AS LIKELY TO.

I understand that we can't control what other people say around our children, but we can control what we say. we as their mothers are responsible for how they are raised. if we cuss/swear they will do it no matter haw often we tell them not to. But if our language is clean they will be less likely to swear.

Stephanie - posted on 05/08/2010

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well defiantly don't wash his mouth out with soap, he's 2 and will not get why you are doing that and then you have started something pointless at this age, I would just ignore it, and then he'll notice that it doesn't cause you to react when he says it. My daughter has been doing the same thing and it has improved alot since I stopped getting on to her about it.

Megan - posted on 05/08/2010

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I heard my son say the f word once, all we did was completely ignore him, (my partner and i had discussed this before hand as a what happenes if/when, and this is what we chose to do) and ive never heard him say it since, but i know people who will shout and tell their kids off for using bad language, and it just makes them say it more, as its still getting them lots of attention, as he is only two i dont think he will respond well to the soap, as he may not fully understand why mummy has put this horrible thing in my mouth.
But everythings worth a try good luck x

Corry - posted on 05/02/2010

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Explain to your son that there are certain words that he is not allowed to use, and if he uses them wash his mouth out with soap!

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