My son has picked up some potty langage at daycare and i have done everything from washing his mouth out with soap to ignoring it and it doesn't seem to help he is 2 1/2 years old any suggestions?

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Jessica - posted on 10/30/2008

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How much easier it would be if we could avoid having our children be exposed to anything negative, or bad for them. When this happens with my children, I explain that this language is not ok. I speak to them as calmly, and as "grown up" as I can. Since you've tried everything, you have probably tried this. Perhaps the thing to consider is that he is probably still being exposed to the language at school, assume he still goes to daycare. Try talking to the teachers to find out how the issue is being handled. Maybe they are unaware of what is going on. They could help identify who is saying this things and correct the issue in the classroom (I'm sure the other moms will be just as horrified). If all else fails, is a new daycare an option?

Shelly - posted on 10/30/2008

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I have Dr Dobsons Dare to Discipline book and it is fabulous! He says to employ a quick non-harmful punishment (like a swat on the butt just hard enough to feel not hard enough to really hurt) and a harsh "No" followed quickly by affection and redirection. I've found it effective with my 21 month old son.

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Whenever my son picks up undesireable words or phrases I teach him something silly to replace it. If it is funny and gets laughs he will find the new phrase more exciting.

Trish - posted on 10/30/2008

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I have found out if you make a big deal, it only encourages them to do it more. Praise the good behavior and ignore the negativie behavior( if it is not causing harm to him or others) If there is a an older sibling, praise the older one for not using the words. What kid does not love to have a postive thought thrown their way?

Emma - posted on 10/30/2008

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you washed a 2 and half year olds mouth out with soap!!!!???? he's still only little he doesnt understand that them wordsare "potty" words yet. If he was 4 or 5 then yes he would be old enough to knwo but hes still only young

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