Is it okay to swear in front of your kids?
Ever used the famous ‘F’ word in front of your child?
I came across an interesting news story a few days ago about a mum who was actually arrested for using the ‘F’ word repeatedly in front of her child whilst in a grocery store. The mum from South Carolina was arrested for disorderly conduct after complaints were made by another customer.
There is probably more to the story than meets the eye, however, I couldn’t help but wonder about the appropriateness of swearing in front of your child.
Most parents put in a concerted effort not to swear or cuss in front of their kids but there are also those parents out there who feel it is perfectly okay.
Being a parent is tough work and you are responsible for teaching your kids the right and wrongs of life. Somewhere along the line it was found that the use of swear words and other forms of profanity are simply not appropriate and we should teach our kids not to use them. In fact, as parents we are supposed to set the example for our kids so we should try hard to avoid swearing or using any other ‘bad’ words in front of them.
Parents who choose to swear
There are some parents though who feel there is nothing wrong with swearing in front of their kids or even sometimes at their kids. I once met a mum who dropped the ‘F’ bomb very casually, as if it is a part of normal speech when her six year old son is around. I inquired if she was not worried that her child will pick up on the bad language and think it is okay to swear as well. This mum firmly told me swearing is how she expresses herself and it is simply the way she speaks, she does not want to put on an image for her son and not be herself in the process. Interestingly though, her son is well aware of what ‘bad’ words are and does not repeat any of the swear words used by his mother.
It is not uncommon for parents to slip up every now and then and drop a swear word in front of their kids no matter how hard they try not to. Some experts say using the ‘F’ word occasionally in front of your child is not the end of the world.
Swearing can be regarded as a form of expression intended to make us feel better once we use it. There is not much evidence showing the impact of swearing on children from a psychological view, however, this is also dependent on the context in which the swear word is used. Children are clever little beings and will be quick to observe if the swear word was used casually or on a more serious level which can affect them in the long run.
Do you think it is okay to occasionally swear in front of your child?