how to get your 2 year old to stop sayin bad words?

Ashley - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son has been sayin the F word to almost everyone he see's. i have tried everything i can to askin him to stop and nothing is workin. please help.

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Theresa - posted on 01/28/2010

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Who's he hearing it from? If you or his dad, or someone else he's around a lot is using that word it will be hard to get him to stop. Why should he have to stop if mo and/or dad are saying it. It won't make sense to him. When my son first used the S word I asked where he had heard it, it was from Grandma. I explained that other people say things that aren't always the nicest sounding things. Then I asked if he had ever heard Mommy or Daddy say it. He said no. I told him that if he doesn't hear us say it then he shouldn't either. He never said it again. If you're using those words though I'm not sure what you should tell him, unless you admit that you also should not be saying that. Tell him that you want to stop using that word too and maybe he could help remind you when you do it. Little ones love to catch Mommy or Daddy doing something naughty.

Maggie - posted on 01/28/2010

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First - do you use that word? if you do then stop.

Second - tell him it's a yucky word and you don't want to hear it anymore. Then if he says it you can do one of two things. Either give him a time out OR ignore it completely.

He might crave the attention he's getting from saying it so the less you make a big deal the less he'll say it.

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Yeah my almost four year old will say dirty words if he hears them. I just tell him not to say it any more. Then i watch what i say too. I learned that ignoring them does help. They just wont a response from whoever is around them.

Kristy - posted on 01/28/2010

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I agree the biggest thing is you need to watch your self round him, they are parrots. We have changed a bull-S to rubbish and use the funny sneeze when something happens and thats is the best thing to do about it. The only other thing i could suggest is try ignoring him when he says it. Explain to him its a bad word for a little boy to say and that next time he says it you arent going to talk to him. Ignorance of the whole thing can be one of the best ways, if they dont get a reaction they usually stop using that word because it losses its appeal then.

Tania - posted on 01/28/2010

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I have to agree with Candis MacDonald. I got my husband to start saying what the February, instead of what the F@#$! His favourite expression.... My son, the sponge... has on more than one occasion turned to me (in context) asked me, "what the February?" They are little sponges at this age! I sensor everything he watches on tv & ask everybody to watch their language around him. If people don't like it, they can move out of ear shot of my son.

Candis - posted on 01/27/2010

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Honey I hate to say it but at 2 years old ALL kids are little repeats! He is either hearing it from you or someone else that he spends a lot of time with, and the only way to really get him to stop is for whoever is saying it to stop! Kids pick up on EVERYTHING! don't assume that since you said it under your breath they didn't hear it! Both my boys had a similar problem, it's tough but if you really watch what you say they stop soon enough. in the mean time try not to take him to a library! LOL having a child scream a curse word in the dead silence is the WORST!

LAURA - posted on 01/27/2010

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DEPENDING ON HIS AGE. TAKE AWAY ANY GAME CONSOLES, TOYS, NO MORE PLAYING WITH FRIENDS, NO MORE TV, ...ETC. JUST MAKE HIM DO SCHOOL WORK MAKE UP YOUR OWN WORKSHEETS FOR HIM TO DO DEPENDING ON HIS WEAKNESS IN SCHOOL. UNTIL HE STARTS TO LISTEN AND NO MORE CURSING THEN YOU GRADUALLY GIVE HIM BACK HIS STUFF AND RIGHTS. GOOD LUCK!

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