This morning I was invited down to San Diego Fox 5 to talk about kids and potty talk. You know that moment when you, normally a chatty person, goes blank? Yep, that was me this morning. UGH!!! Regardless, I still have a few ideas to share with you on how you can deal with potty talk in your house.
Don’t give potty talk more attention than it needs – If you over react or draw too much attention to a child’s language they’re more likely to use it again. I know this is hard, but this means no laughing and no yelling.
Let the child test out the word once – We let our daughter test out the word just so she knows what it “feels” like to say it. After that it’s an off limits word. If the word is used again, make sure there is a consequent such as a time out AND follow through with it!
My husband swears and I don’t – I try not to call attention to my husbands swearing, but the older my daughter gets the more she catches it. Just remind them it’s an adult word and just because he uses the word doesn’t make it ok.
Teaching that potty talk and swearing is rude and disrespectful – Believe it or not, kids can be rational little human beings. Teach kids at an early age that these words are rude and can hurt others feelings.
Give alternative words – Just like an adult, when I kid gets hurt or frustrated they need a word or sound to communicate that frustration. When an inappropriate word is used give the child and alternative word.
Set bounders – After the child has used the word once to “test” it out let them know if they say it again there will be consequences. Make sure you follow through with them!
So now on to my awful appearance where I tried to communicate the above. I think I should probably go back to sleep now.