It could be time to amp up those potty lessons (no, not that kind)! You’re dealing with more of a potty mouth than you think.
New research shows
that kids are swearing at a younger age than before. The reason? They are learning it from you.
According to Timothy Jay
, a psychology professor, children (between the ages of 3 and 5) have picked up close to 40 swear words. They can range from the traditional phrases to things like “jerk, stupid and poop head.”
"By the time kids go to school now, they're saying all the words that we try to protect them from on television," he said
. "We find that swearing really takes off between [ages] 3 and 4."
However, it may just be a phase. Once kids get to kindergarten, they realize that these words are offensive and stop using them. They may still use these swear words “when they are scared, feeling frustrated or want to hurt others.”
How young is too young to use swear words? How do you deal with a potty-mouthed toddler? At what age did you feel free to swear?