While chatting with other parents, we came across a question that really got us thinking: what do you do when you think your toddler curses and you think she picked it up from her babysitter or daycare? Our mom friend said that her 19-month-old baby girl recently started daycare. She came home making sounds “ohsssii.” Use your imagination to figure out what she may have been saying! Now, if baby girl was just making that sound, mom may have thought nothing of it. Coupled with the fact that she was using it at “perfect” moments, like when she dropped something or something went wrong, and it’s hard to deny that her toddler learned curse words somewhere!
What do you do in that situation? Do you bring it up with the teacher? How to do you handle it when your toddler curses? We have those answers for you!
Parenting Tips: What to do when your toddler curses
It’s something that all parents dread will eventually happen. What is it? The answer is hearing your toddler use a curse word. Unfortunately, your toddler is like a sponge, soaking up everything around them, learning how to speak and communicate by watching how you speak and communicate. Although this is a necessary step in your toddler’s development, what do you do when your toddler curses that first bad word? And what do you do if you think your toddler learned it from a trusted person such as the babysitter?
Confirm Your Toddler Cursed
Before freaking out that your toddler said a curse word, make sure that you heard your child correctly. Toddlers don’t usually enunciate all of their words properly, so something as innocent as the word “truck” can sound like a horrible curse word. To do this, use your child’s sentence to help figure out the meaning of the word they’re trying to use or ask your toddler if they meant something else. Hopefully, the curse word was simply a mispronunciation on your child’s part. If not, it’s time to investigate and figure out if your child learned it from the babysitter.
Approach Your Babysitter
If you truly believe that your toddler learned curse words from his babysitter, then you need to confront this person. Approach your babysitter and let them know that you heard your toddler say a certain word. You don’t need to accuse the babysitter to their face, but you can politely let them know that those words are not used around your house and that you hope that this is a one-time thing. By approaching your babysitter, you can find out if there are any other details you should know. Maybe the babysitter had a TV show on and your toddler heard that word on the TV. You could then ask your babysitter to refrain from watching shows that have curse words in it, an easy solution to a difficult problem.
Find Another Babysitter
Unfortunately, if your toddler did learn curse words from your babysitter, you might not feel comfortable leaving your toddler in their care anymore. If this is the case, then you might want to find another babysitter. Before taking this step, however, be sure in your decision. You’ll have a lot of work ahead of you interviewing possible babysitter candidates.
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Cursing is a big problem that needs to be taken care of right away. Has your toddler learned any curse words from trusted caretakers? If so, how did you handle the situation?