Potty Mouth

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have 3 children and all kids learn a word or two as toddlers, but my first two basically said a few naughty words and they were scolded a few times and never use bad language now! My kids r 6, 3, and 2! My youngest is a very sassy and very mature little girl but has a potty mouth like no other! We have tried everything to try and get her to stop but nothing has worked.....although I am no saint, I am honestly clueless where she came up with some of this language! We dont watch any TV shows with bad language and I am a stay at home mom so it is not very often that she is away from home! Please help, I am willing to try almost anything!

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With my son we would tell him that he needs to talk nice and then we just ignore it. They are trying to get a rise out of you and the more you acknowledge it and react to them the more they do it. It takes a little while, especially if its been a while and you have tried punishment etc. Once she realizes that you won't give her a reaction she'll stop (she may OVER react at first but stand tall!)

Marcy - posted on 10/30/2009

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Try stickers instead them if you think she might lose interest. Give her a chart and everyday that she goes w/o potty mouth give her a sticker. Put a wrapped gift on the table and tell her once she gets a bunch of stickers she will get the gift. She will want the stickers BAD...my son is all about postive reinforcement....

Marcy - posted on 10/30/2009

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Michelle-

Give her a piggy bank and put $5.00 in quarters in it. Everytime she says a bad word make her take a quarter out and give it to you. Also, work the same in reverse. if sher goes a day without saying bad words give her back some of the money. tell her when the bank is full you can take it to the store and buy a toy for being a polite young lady. Just a creative way to help....

Erin - posted on 10/30/2009

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now i am not suggesting this but my mother and my aunts ect..would put soap in out mouths if we didnt listen and kept on saying bad words...now she wouldnt pour liquid detergent on out mouths but would take a bar of soap and stick the end of it in out mouths and IT WORKED..lol..i remember as a child my fav. word i guess was shit & fuck...my mother would first tell me NO thats a bad word..still wouldnt stop and then for awhile she would put me in the corner and after awhile of that not working she then put the soap in my mouth 2-3 times it took and after that i stopped...its not harmfull and it does work..that was always a lil trick that we in out family did for cursing kids that wouldnt stop and if my son develops the "potty mouth" i will prob. do the same....

Kayliecia - posted on 10/30/2009

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I explain to them why it is not an acceptable word for them to use, and to please not use it again. Explaining works a lot better than just saying 'No, this is bad, don't do it again.'

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Erin - posted on 10/31/2009

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another thing is try the "reverse phycology"..kids always get a thrill out of the parents reaction..my son does this allll the time...he knows something that he is doing is wrong but will look at me with a lil grin and when i say "dont do it".he will do it and take of laughing..they think its a game..so you have said that when she curses she will run cause she knows that it is bad..so try not to have a reaction..next time you hear her curse, act like you didnt hear it and just go on doing what you were doing..cause maybe if she sees that she is not getting a reaction out of you anymore she may loose intrest in even saying it..of course i would only try this method around the house..lol..good luck

Erin - posted on 10/31/2009

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lol..wow..ok a child that likes to eat soap..thats a new one to me...well try something that has a real bitter taste..or try something like salt..now most of us like salt but did you ever have to much at one time it doesnt taste to good...maybe next time she curses try putting a teaspoon of salt in her mouth..i dont think that she would like to much...

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Reward stickers were the only thing that worked with my daughter when it came to potty training. But instead of putting them on a chart, we covered the cover of her journal with them. That way she gets to see them whenever she opens it up to "write" in it (she's 3, can't write yet, but she tries, lol!). Also, every time she got a new sticker, we would count them. Repetition is what really helps them get these kind of things down. So, now she can count to 100, and she's not yet 4! lol!

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2009

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Wow, I have to admit I was a little aprehensive about posting this cause I wasnt sure what kind of response I would get! I am glad I did now cause the sticker idea is better yet especially since my 3 kids r in love with stickers! We r all about the positive reinforcement and at times we may over due it but they love it...I have also found at times that reverse psychology works great as well and they love to prove me wrong when I talk about how I dont think they can do a certain task or that I am not sure if they r big enough to do it! lol Thanks again!

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2009

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Marcy that is a good idea! I just wonder since she is only 2(although a very smart 2 year old) if she will actually comprehend and get the concept of the "game"! It is worth a try though! Thnx to all of u for ur comments!

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2009

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I have tried explaining to her, she understands what I am telling her because as soon as she says the words she takes off running! As far as the soap goes, my daughter likes to put soap in her mouth so we have to hide the saop because she doesn't mind the taste! We have tried so many different forms of non harmful bad tasting stuff in the mouth, timeouts, useing positive words to explain that it is bad and so much more! I appreciate your suggestions but I might have to get creative with this one! lol

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