My 2yr old has start'd to say bad words ever since we went to visit some relatives. I've tried the spank on the mouth ,washing mouth w/soap ignoring him telling him it's not nice to say but no luck. I'ts getting embarrasing n annoying . any suggetionsAnswer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 9:57 PM on May. 13, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)
Answer by Rozzy720 at 10:04 PM on May. 13, 2009
Answer by apexmommy at 10:30 PM on May. 13, 2009
Answer by SmileyMoo at 11:01 PM on May. 13, 2009
OMG! You did all of that to a TODDLER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!? That poor baby! What you need to know is that giving them a reaction to something you don't like teaches them to repeat the action. If you don't like a word that they heard and repeated, ignore it. Don't gasp, yell, lecture, ignore it. They're learning vocabulary and word formation without understanding that there are certain words they shouldn't say. If they hear an adult say it, they repeat it to learn. You give a reaction (negative or positive) and they do it for attention. If you don't give attention, they won't continue. It'll come up on occasion now that you've shown the baby that it's a great way to get mommy's attention, but if you just ignore it, it'll stop happening. My son still says "Stupid head" when he's trying to get my attention some times. I ignore it, don't react, and he moves on to something else.
Answer by SxdUpAngel at 8:16 AM on May. 14, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 AM on May. 14, 2009
When he says something that is embarrassing, just smile and say something like, "they pick up EVERYTHING, don't they?" Children are embarrassing so often but you can't punish them for being embarrassing, they don't know. They won't understand if you try to tell them (at this young of an age) they're just learning. I spoke to my husband about this last night because an IRL friend of ours said she'd put soap in her son's mouth (who's not even 2 yet) and I was appalled. He said that the one time he had soap put in his mouth he remembers that he had no clue WHY he was being punished. He knew he was uncomfortable and people were angry but didn't know why. If that's a memory that he was old enough to retain, I think it's safe to say a 2 year old won't understand it, either.
Answer by SxdUpAngel at 8:40 AM on May. 15, 2009
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