I trust this won’t apply to many of you with toddlers but for those of us with bigger kids, how do we deal with swearing?
I don’t do much swearing in front of the kids. I do come out with the occasional “bloody hell” and stuff and I once shouted “dickhead” at a young bloke in a car who was driving about 2 inches from my rear bumper. The girls now use “dickhead” on a daily basis. They smirk when they say it and then always glance at me to see if I am going to be hypocritical!
That however is not the issue: Increasingly (and just recently) 14 y/o is now testing the water on both the frequency and rudeness of her swearing. And I would appreciate some advice on what to do with it. I appreciate however that this all forms part of the larger “testing the boundaries” thing which my eldest is going through just now and perhaps needs to be considered in that context.
To date, I have:
1. Ignored it.
2. Told her swearing isn’t very nice. (well in truth I actually told her swearing “isn’t very nice from girls” and I now cringe at my own sexism – so we won’t dwell on that)
3. Told her off and said she was not to say those things!
None feel quite right. Of course on Facebook etc, all kids use abbreviations for swearing – OMFG etc…so at one level the horse has bolted.
Do I just ignore it or have you any better ideas? I would appreciate your thoughts…