Many Portland parents have children that suffer from potty mouth. It is highly contagious, and hard to get rid of. If you have a potty mouth, it is more than likely your child will too. However, you are not the only person your child is picking up bad language from. Inevitably, your child will hear bad language in daycare, at school, and from their friend’s parents as well as you. Here are seven tactics you can employ to help cure your child of this contagious potty mouth syndrome.
- Find the source-Pinpointing the source of your child’s potty mouth language will help you to severely reduce the exposure your child gets to the language. If the issue stems from schoolchildren, bring it up to their teacher. Putting a filter on your own mouth can limit the potty mouth your children hear at home. I have even been known to yell at people for using foul language in front of my child at the Portland public transit spots as well.
- Watch your mouth-While you may not realize it, your child has banked most all the bad language they will know by the time they are three; and they learned it from their parents. Refusing to use bad language in front of the children, even when you are really heated, will save a lot of headache in the future.
- Keep a swear jar-Keeping a swear jar is a better way of teaching children not to use bad language. The standard in Portland for many parents used to be soap; however, soap has so many chemicals in it, you never know what your child could be ingesting. Keeping a swear jar that children have to play a toy in or change will make them realize quickly that swearing is not something they want to do, especially when they start losing all their toys.
- Ban music and movies-If the source of your children’s potty mouth stems from bad-mouthed music and movies with foul language ban these from being watched or listened to while children are awake. This will keep everyone happy.
- Penalize adults at home that do not censor-If Daddy keeps swearing in front of the kids, he must be punished for it. If this means taking the kids out to do something you know he hates to do, then too bad. That is the punishment.
- Do not encourage swearing-I have seen many Portland parents awarding their children’s swearing and potty mouth with high fives, pats on the back and other discouraging behavior. It is not appropriate for any toddler to swear like a soldier, no matter how dysfunctional the family the child belongs to. Do not encourage this kind of behavior in children and it will be less likely to flourish.
- Be consistent-If you catch your child swearing, each time you catch them doing it, the punishment must be the same or worse, depending on the severity of the language. Being inconsistent will only teach your child that it is okay to swear, simply not in xyz situation.