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Old 06-09-2006, 06:04 AM   #1
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How to stop 2 year old from swearing!

Oh gosh ladies, I am beside myself here but help me please!

Nate is 2 and he's got an arsenal of BAAAAAAAAAAAD words! He's gotten them from another kid in the neighborhood and my DH

So, he says:

F**K-IT!
D**N-IT!
Butt head

So! PLEASE! How do I curb this talk? We don't spank and we don't use soap/hot sauce on the tongue either. He's 2 and thinks it's soooooooo funny to do this and I KNOW he has no clue what he's saying. He's just heard daddy use the swear words and this kid up the street say butt head (makes me want to kick that kid LOL) so he repeats it all

I am soooooooo frustrated!
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:16 AM   #2
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I'll be watching this! Luke doesn't say the F or D word but he always says shoot (which he got from me)
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This is what we did with our 3yr old. She said "stupid", which I know in the grand scheme of things isnt that bad, but we dont allow it and this will still work for you. We told her that was a word that we didnt use and that she needed to put that potty word in the potty. So DH walked her to the potty and told her to say it to the potty, she yelled stupid at the potty and then he told her to flush that word goodbye. She flushed the potty and he told her now she wasnt allowed to use that word anymore that there were other words she could use (and he told her what she could use) and that the word was now on its way to the bad word place via the toilet. It worked and she hasnt said that word again. Of course, now we are working on other words..lol. People, even in the grocery store or drs. office, dont realize what they say, then we get home and she has a new vocabulary...lol. Good Luck!
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Re: How to stop 2 year old from swearing!

i think everyone has to go through this...i remember when i was taking care of a 2yo he just came out with 'mommy is a b----' and i was in SHOCK!! now my dh cusses like a sailor, but has now curbed since he has gotten out of the military so gratefully my ds hasn't come outright and said them, but he has slipped a couple times with 'lesser' words like stupid and his favorite new one is gay usually if we ignore them and act like they are no big deal they will be gone within a week...one's like 'stupid' that seem to reaccure we take away a toy for each offense...when he gets down to two he asks how he can help mommy so he can get em back... i hope you can find something that works mama!
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Oh my gosh, I hope he stops soon! He's been saying the "D" word for weeks now!

The "F" word is rather new and seems to be a new favorite in this house and it makes me mad at DH every single time I hear my sweet Nate say it!

On another note: Keegans new favorite word is fart
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Old 06-09-2006, 10:01 AM   #6
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Brenda! It's always something, isn't it?

Even with Grace (only 15 mos), the key is always being consistent. If she does something that is not allowed (hitting), I tell her, "That hurts. That is not very nice" in a firm (not loud) voice and sit her down in the middle of the floor. Oh she cries and wails to be held, but I won't pick her up for a minute or two and I don't smile or laugh (even though the drama can be downright hysterical). It takes perseverance, but it has decreased the behavior.

I always include an explanation even though she is too young to understand. I figure it keeps me in the habit of helping my children (2 older siblings)understand why a behavior is unacceptable. In the long run, this increases the likelihood of them internalizing the value rather than merely submitting to my authority when I am around.

It may be a little tougher to curb the behavior if DH uses those words.

Good luck, mama!!
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It may be a little tougher to curb the behavior if DH uses those words.

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Too bad I can't put Brian in time-out!
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This is what we did with our 3yr old. She said "stupid", which I know in the grand scheme of things isnt that bad, but we dont allow it and this will still work for you. We told her that was a word that we didnt use and that she needed to put that potty word in the potty. So DH walked her to the potty and told her to say it to the potty, she yelled stupid at the potty and then he told her to flush that word goodbye. She flushed the potty and he told her now she wasnt allowed to use that word anymore that there were other words she could use (and he told her what she could use) and that the word was now on its way to the bad word place via the toilet. It worked and she hasnt said that word again. Of course, now we are working on other words..lol. People, even in the grocery store or drs. office, dont realize what they say, then we get home and she has a new vocabulary...lol. Good Luck!
I REALLY love that idea!
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Old 06-14-2006, 09:39 AM   #9
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Oh, I like that potty idea...

this is more for older kids, but I was reading elsewhere recently where someone's daughter used the word "sucks" and she explained to her DD that "sucks" was kind of a grown up word and that she preferred that her DD not use it. Her DD then came up with her own alternative for saying what she wanted to say, without using the word "sucks"... I thought it was kind of neat...I plan on filing that away for use with my 6yr old when I hear less desirable things come out of her mouth...though I'd probably help her out by supplying her with alternative ways to express herself.
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Re: How to stop 2 year old from swearing!

The thing that has worked best for us is just to tell the kids that those are words we don't use in our family, but that other people think those words are OK to use and they will hear them and they are not to repeat them. And then let it go. If you make a huge fuss over it, he will only do it more because he's getting attention from it.

When my kids hear a word they know we aren't allowed to use, they get very upset and say "Mommy! Did you hear that? We don't use that word in our family" and I say yes, you're right and then drop it. If you don't make a big deal out of it, then they won't either. Good Luck! I think all parents go through this phase and just pray our children won't swear in public
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