- Be a good example for your child. If they do not hear mommy and daddy say bad words they will likely understand. Even words like “stupid” and “hate” are considered bad words for younger kids. Controlling the words you say will give your child an example.
- Laughing or allowing your child to think that saying bad words is funny will backfire in a hurry. If your hear your young child use a derogatory word address it seriously and let it go. He will most likely forget all about it.
- Set boundaries and expectations for older kids. Older kids begin to understand the meaning of bad words and use them because other kids do it or they think it makes them look cool. Let your child know that you expect them to make good choices when it comes to their language. Explain that bad language will not be tolerated in the house, car or when you are in public.
- Let the older kids know that bad language is offensive. Most people do not want to hear it.
- Be serious and consistent with consequences. Remember that kids often use bad language as a way to rebel. It gives them a sense that they are in control. It brings attention to them, even though it is negative.
Melissa Rheinlander is a Momma to a beautiful, spunky, fun loving little girl. Lover of family, friends, books, Mexican Martinis, sometimes Bloody Marys or Margaritas, & Wine. Melissa has worked in publishing for years, helping International Best-selling authors. She is the owner of MSRheinlander Consulting as well as Biblio Babes.