Parents Talk: Should Kids Be Allowed to Curse?
Whether you call it swearing, cussing, cursing or profanity, should it be coming out of a child’s mouth?
A difference in family values could mean the difference in whether a child uses profanity or not in public. But, is cursing really all that bad?
From my experience, cursing in school is usually frowned upon. Although, walk down any crowded hall at many junior and senior high schools and you are likely to hear “those” words float around with ease.
When my kids (now teenagers) were growing up, I was careful not to expose them to swearing—whether it be at home, movies or in public. I knew what would be expected of them in school and I didn’t want to be “that mom” that laughed it off when her kid threw out the “s-word” when their blue crayon broke.
It’s still pretty PG around our house for the most part. However, I’ve always disagreed with the idea that cursing is so awful when it's used to express frustration. To me, as long as words aren’t used to hurt or lash out at others or make others feel bad, what’s the problem?
Each family has their own set of rules when it comes to parenting. To swear or not to swear is one of those decisions that can vary from household to household.
“Minor swearing in frustration is almost a natural human behavior. Although perhaps inappropriate, it is commonplace in some families,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Quite often, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, swearing during those middle childhood and adolescent years “is almost a developmentally normal behavior” used to shock their parents, impress friends and become part of peer relationships.
We all get frustrated at some point in our lives. Words, in any form, allow people a way of expressing frustration or describing a situation, in my opinion. So, why should the “four letter words” be treated any differently when it comes to kids?
Editor’s note: It’s your turn, readers! How do you feel about kids and swearing? What are the rules in your household? What were the swearing rules when you were going up? Do you remember the first time you swore in front of your parents?