Swearing is a common behavior for adolescents, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children and teens often use profanity to impress friends and shock parents.
To help manage swearing your child’s swearing, the academy suggests:
- Establish a rule that there is no swearing allowed in the house.
- Do not respond to a child’s profanity with profanity of your own.
- Do not wash a child’s mouth out with soap. It is extreme and ineffective.
- Reward your child for expressing frustration appropriately.
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