My 3 year old as picked up a very colorful and inappropriate word from a few family members.. I know he doesn't know what it means but he seems to know how to use it especially when he's mad.. I've tried everything to get him to stop saying it but nothing works..What do I do?


♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/10/2012




What worked for us was to tell the boys that some words were ADULT words, and kids weren't to use them.

Nothing ever really "works" for this. They just figure out how not to say them when you're around. But, if you keep reminding them that those words aren't for kids, and that polite people never talk that way, they'll learn how to modify their behaviour.

However, I have to 5 YO walking around, shaking his head and saying "daddy locked the fucking keys in the car" at the top of his lungs was hilarious...because it was totally in context! Embarrassing as all get out, but now (14 years later) I can look at that and laugh. Then, I was mortified!

Basically, this too, shall pass!


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Amy - posted on 10/10/2012




First of all please don't use hot sauce to "burn the bad words" that can seriously hurt a child physically & mentally. Second what worked with my son was to explain to him the some people get offended by these adult words so even though daddy says them you should not. Then if he used any I would just gently remind him "you shouldn't use adult words remember" & I didn't make a huge deal out of it (if they know they get lots of attention for saying it then it becomes more fun). Hope this helps :) good luck

Rebecca - posted on 10/10/2012




in our house we use hot sauce so the bad words burn in our mouths being that he is only 3 after a minuet or so you could offer him some milk

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