My 3 year old is saying naughty words, what should I do to stop it for good?

Khristeen - posted on 11/11/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old likes to say the word shutup to me and he likes to say I will shoot you (his dad goes hunting and talks about shooting deer, thats where he picked that up at). This is so hard for me to handle I was taught to never talk like this to anyone and I dont want him to talk like this to anyone. His dad is immiture in alot of ways and I think that is where he learns to talk like this. I have asked my husband to talk to him about it and for my husband to watch his mouth. He is not around alot, but my son still says this alot. I put him in timeout, and I say its not ok to say words like that. Also have taken away a few toys and not given them back. What should I do to make him stop saying this words for good?

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Michelle - posted on 11/12/2011

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The best thing to do is ignore it. At the moment he is getting your attention (even if it's bad). If you just ignore it he will get bored and move onto something else.

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Pamela - posted on 11/14/2011

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my 3 yr old has been repeating bad words first we tried to watch what was being said around him but that doesn't work no matter how hard we try to keep him from hearing bad words they everywhere now we also tried ignoring him but that didn't work so instead we let him tell us we are bad for saying a bad word or tell us if he hears someone else say a bad word and it has helped alot he almost never says a bad word or call names anymore i think because he knows that its not just bad from him to say them its bad for anyone so if i say something bad he'll say mommy that's bad and i'll say your right i'm very sorry if he hears a stranger say something bad he'll say mommy he/she is bad and i'll say you right that was bad

Christina - posted on 11/14/2011

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It happens on an off from what i noticed with my children and the children i worked with... i noticed the bigger of a deal you make about it the worse it gets but sometimes the need to calmly and casually remind them those are bad words that hurt peoples feelings is the best way to nip it

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My daughter who is 4 said it to her 2 yr old sister one day and out of shock I yelled that I NEVER wanted to hear it come out of her mouth a again that good little children dont say such nasty things. I was firm, didnt threaten anything, and simply left it at that. I am yet to hear it come from her mouth again. Now mind you my child doesnt listen lol. Shes the one I spend 98% of my day telling her to stop climbing. So I would say stay firm and tell him flat out its rude and good little boys dont talk like that.

Aniesha - posted on 11/12/2011

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My son's started saying shut up too. For awhile I just completely ignored it, coz I figure a reaction would keep him going longer saying it. Now when he says it, I just say "We say quiet please", and he goes "Quiet please Mummy". He's just after the attention, so I'm giving him an alternative.

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