Join Date: Nov 2001
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I would like some advice! My 4.5 year old has been practicing using every bad word in the book lately - I am sure it is "just a phase", but I am at a complete loss at how to handle this with him. He will sing songs and substitute the words with "toilet talk" (Old McDonald had a fart, fart fart fart fart fart.....) You get the idea and that is actually one of the milder words he chooses. I try and ignore it, but it has gotten to the point where for the past couple of weeks he is relentless.
I have explained that these words are not nice and that when people hear him talking like that they don't like it. I have said that it is ok to be silly and make up silly words or songs, but that using swear words, potty talk, penis talk ect. is not ok in public or at pre-school because people don't like it.
Do I continue to ignore him? What would a consequence be when he continues to do this? Is this normal? Is he trying to get my attention? What type of response would be appropriate? Any suggestions/thoughts would be greatly appreciated!