How to address our children’s ‘bad words’?
We may get surprised to hear our children utter obscene phrases
Children are exposed to acquiring words from other sources (e.g. while mingling with other children)
It is rare that our children may not hear bad words
They may even hear such words from older brothers
Or they may hear them from some TV programs, or even from other children at KG or school
In fact, the child does not usually know whether a word is “bad” or “good”
How to address this problem:
First: Parents and family members should watch their language.
Second: Parents should control the programs that their kids watch on TV to protect them against scenes including bad words.
Third: Parents should not overreact when their children utter obscene words.
Fourth: Parents should tell the child without emotion that such words are foul.
Fifth: Parents should explain to their children that there are words that may hurt others, so they have to stop using them.
Sixth: Parents should not describe a child as a “bad child” or “impolite”; it suffices to say such words are “bad”.
Seventh: Parents should teach their children to use alternative words when they feels frustrated or upset.
Eighth: Parents should praise the good words said by the child, but they should avoid exaggeration; it suffices to smile or just say “This is a nice word”.