We try and protect our children from some things before we feel they are ready. For instance we choose what programmes they watch on TV because we don’t want to expose them to violence or we limit the sites they visit on the laptop by allowing them only to visit the ones we have listed in our favourites (we don’t want them to type in something that could bring up something their young eyes should not see) But it is not possible to shield them from everything. For instance language used by others and swear words. What do you do when your child says ‘@@@@’ or ‘******’
One thing we can do is explain to them that as a family we do not use swear words and that there are other words that are more descriptive to describe a thought or feeling. Instead of ‘@@@@’ they could use ‘flip’ ‘whotsits’ or make up a word.
We can make sure we don’t use them. When a child sees an adult handling frustration and anger with swear words they can do the same when caught in a similar situation. So we need to keep the air clean.
Explain that if other friends want to use language like this let them but they don’t have to to fit in.
As a parent what else could you do or have you done?