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Old 06-09-2006, 10:14 AM   #11
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Old 06-09-2006, 10:15 AM   #12
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Old 06-09-2006, 10:17 AM   #13
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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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Old 06-09-2006, 10:21 AM   #14
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Re: How to stop 2 year old from swearing!

ya'll are great!! lol...you know, when my eldest was two he did have a favorite of the d-word...and somehow we got him to replace it with pumkin don't ask me how, but i can't tell you how funny it was to hear a 2yo going 'oh pumkin' and he would add on by saying 'pumkin cracker broccli' and stuff...it was hilarious!!

time out for dh's...now there's a though...lol...maybe take away one of his toys? like the recliner
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DJ's not quite 2 and heard me tell his Daddy to "Shut up!" For a couple of weeks, every time someone looked at him sideways, he'd yell "Suddup!" It broke my heart. I just tried to remain calm, get on his level and look him in the eye, and tell him "That is not a nice thing to say. It hurts Mommy's feelings and makes me sad when you say that." Sometimes he'd get a really sad look on his face and give me a hug (awww...) other times he'd just laugh and say it again. If he kept up with laughing and saying it again, I'd tell him that it's a mean thing to say and people don't want to talk to someone who's being mean so I'm going to go...whatever...and he can come and play with me when he's ready to be sweet again. Usually he'd come to me within a few minutes and tell me he's sorry and give me a hug. It's been several weeks now since he's said it at all...even when he's mad. The other day, we were at Grandma's house and she and I were having a grown-up conversation but he was ready to leave. I could see him starting to get mad and was fully expecting him to scream SHUT UP but instead, he stomped his foot and yelled "Mommy! No more talking...Please! Go NOW...Please!" I wasn't thrilled with the tone but at least he said please...that's some progress isn't it?
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I think they just like to test their waters and say new things that they hear. I just tell mine that it's not a very nice word and that he's not allowed to say it and keep reminding him of that and that if he says it something he likes will be taken away. Now I won't say that it helped right off but he's slowly gotten the idea and he's not cursing anymore which he went through a phase of. How ever he is still saying things like butt head that I'm trying to break. Ah boys.. lol and he's 3 1/2
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I like that toilet idea.. I might have to try that one! Generally, we like to give alternate words. It works pretty well. If they say a naughty word, we say "Oh, gosh!! Don't say that! Say skittledeeboo!" or something else silly. Sometimes we'll just say random words like chicken, or quack, or bubble. It makes them giggle and it gets their mind off the word they thought was so neat that they just had to say it! Having a bunch of little boys, I suppose I just figure less than desirable language is part of the territory - so at home, I let a lot slide.. stupid, fart, poopy, shut up... But they don't generally say it out and about. I find that the less of a big deal I make out of it, the less they do it.

Unfortunately, right now we have an issue with KJ saying "frikkin" - he got it from J and I. We need to stop saying it - maybe all three of us should take turns yelling it in the toilet!
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Old 06-10-2006, 12:46 PM   #18
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My DD hear me say the 's' word when she was two and proceeded to drop it everywhere from the supermarket to my in laws house.

It took a while but every time she would say it, we would jump in quick and in a happy, fun voice we would say "We dont say that word! We say Oh Pickles" or something along those lines. We tried to make that a more fun alternative.

It took quite a while but has seemed to work in the long run. She is three and I havent heard it out of her in a long time!

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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   #20
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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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