Swearing has become commonplace in our society, largely due to TV and the movies, not to mention those bumper stickers. Children today hear bad language in grade school that used to be reserved for high school. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to it. Here are some suggestions:
â¢ First, have a rule, “Swearing is not allowed in our house.” You can enforce that. And tell him not to swear around teachers or other adults. Enforcing this is more complicated, but back up the school. Then accept the fact that how your youngster talks with his friends in private is something you can’t control.
â¢ Second, if your youngster swears around you or other adults, send him to his room for a “time-out” and if he does it repeatedly, ground him for a day, but don’t wash his mouth out with soap. That’s too barbaric.
â¢ Third, when your child is angry at someone, suggest he tell you about it without swearing. If he can’t, suggest he swear in his room or hit a pillow.
â¢ Finally, you won’t be able to get your youngster to give up any four-letter words that you continue to use. Have your tried, “darn it!” lately? How about “rats!”?
During Dr. Schmitt’s 20 years as a medical practitioner and researcher, he has published over 100 articles or chapters on pediatric health care, and has been awarded the distinguished C. Anderson Aldrich Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development. Schmitt has also authored five books including Your Child’s Health, which won Child Magazine’s first Hall of Fame Award in 1991. Schmitt is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and on staff at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.