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Poll: How Did You React When Your Kid Cursed for the First Time?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

This week’s “Modern Family” episode is still generating buzz for “showing” 2-year-old Lily saying her first curse word.  A few weeks ago, we asked our readers on Facebook, “Has a ‘bad word’ ever slipped from your little one’s mouth? What did you do?”  The question generated 381 responses — and parents had a lot to say!

Some admitted they laughed the first time, others pretended not to notice, and still others admitted to yelling at their kids or “popping” them on the mouth.  Some showed restraint by calmly explaining the curse was “a bad word,” “a naughty word,” or a “grown-up word” never to be used again while a few started a “cuss bank” or “cursing jar” to accrue money every time their kid said a bad word. Read some of our favorite responses below, and then take our poll to share what you did!


I usually ask them, “Oh yeah? Now, can you say hospital? How about catapillar?” until they forget they said [the curse word]. A rise is a reward to these little monsters! – Heather Marie

We just sat them down and talked about it, how certain words are for adults only and some are not acceptable in our house. We talked about how they might hear them on TV, in a video game, from friends or other adults, and if they’re not sure they can come ask us about it. Generally if they don’t hear us say it, then they shouldn’t say it. – Sarah Crane C.

My daughter was 1 and kept dropping her toy. I heard, “Aw dammit.” I thought to myself, there’s no way she said that! Then she repeated it over and over. I laughed but not where she could see. I couldn’t do much other than ignore her.  - Alicia W.

At New Year’s dinner, my son yelled “motherf–ker” at my mother in law! I was mortified and sternly told him “No, those aren’t nice words.” Hubby and mother-in-law laughed, so now he won’t stop. - Cristina T.

I will never forget when my daughter was 12-18 months old she would say “coffee” and it would come out “f%$Kee.” Needless to say, going out to breakfast was always interesting because you would hope and pray that the word” coffee” did not come out of her mouth as the waitress poured us a cup! - Faith Alsup D.

My daughter came to me and said, “I just wanted to tell you I said a bad word when I twisted my ankle and I’m really sorry and Iwon’t say it ever again.”  I just told her she was right that it wasn’t a word she should say and that I was disappointed that she said it, but I was still proud she came and told me. - Danna C.

When my daughter was 3 and my son was 6, we were driving somewhere. My daughter called my son a “b–ch.” He yelled to say she called him the “b” word. She said, “I didn’t call you the ‘b’ word! I called you a b–ch!”   I had the worse time trying to disipline her without laughing. – Michelle M.

The little girl that we have custody of said the funniest thing, at 18 months old. I asked her what was in her diaper and her reply was “Sh-t”! - Casey W.

We were driving up a big snowy hill in town. Daddy said, “I wish they would use sand instead of this f–king salt all the time.”  Our oldest piped up a few minutes later and said, “Hey Dad, look at all these f–king cars all over the place!” We looked at each other and tried not to laugh. We told him not to say that, and that Daddy shouldn’t either and he would sit in “time out” later. My son never said it again. I guess the thought that even Daddy’s have to sit in “time out” when he said bad words was enough. – Larinna C.

There is no such thing as a “bad” word…only words used badly. I give my son free license to say anything as long as he is not hurtful with his speech. As soon as I did that, the novelty of cursing wore off, and he calls out other people who curse. – Ash C.

If I slip every now and again, my 4-year-old daughter says, “Mom, don’t say that word because I might repeat it,” that puts me in check! She knows what not to say. She will question me about a word if she’s curious. She asks, “Mom, can I say, What the heck? Is that okay?” It’s cute! – Bethany Noelle M.

I tell my daughter, who loves being a “princess” that princesses don’t say words like that. – Sheri G.

Read more responses on our Facebook page. And follow these tips to curb your kid’s potty mouth.


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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Missouri National Guard Joins Search For Missing Baby Lisa Irwin
Missouri National Guard officials joined the search for a Kansas City baby on Sunday, one day after investigators reportedly found soiled diapers and baby wipes in the area of a vacant home near the missing girl’s residence.

Profanity on TV Linked to Foul-Mouthed Kids
Is TV turning our kids into fountains of four-letter words? Maybe so, says a new study that finds a link between foul-mouthed inner-city children and profanity-ridden shows and video games.

Risk of Autism Is Five Times Higher in Low-Birthweight Babies
Low-birthweight babies are at risk for all sorts of motor and cognitive delays, and researchers have just added autism to the list. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that premature babies weighing less than 4.5 lbs. at birth are five times more likely than babies born at a normal weight to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Pediatric Experts Expand ADHD Guidelines to Include Preschoolers and Older Teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines for diagnosing and treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in preschoolers as young as 4. Previous guidelines, issued in 2000 and 2001, focused on children aged 6 to 12, but the new recommendations expand the targeted age group to 4 to 18 to include both preschoolers and older teens.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Report cards on kids’ weight don’t make a difference
Schools in California notified parents about unhealthy weight, but it didn’t have an impact, study finds.

6 ways to keep your kid from cursing
Eighty-six percent of parents agree that children ages 2 to 12 are cursing more today than when they themselves were children, according to a national survey commissioned by

Secondhand Smoke Tied To Mental Health Problems In Kids: Study
Estimates suggest that anywhere between 4.8 and 5.5 million children in the U.S. live in households where they are exposed to secondhand smoke, putting them at greater risk for multiple health problems. Now, new research suggests that secondhand smoke exposure can increase the odds of developing certain mental and behavioral disorders by 50 percent.

100 Dead, Many Children, in Boat Sinking in Russia
More than 100 people, including many children, drowned when a riverboat filled with families cruising the Volga River sank over the weekend, rescue officials said Monday, conceding little hope remained of finding survivors.

How to talk to your kids’ doctor
Studies show you get only about 15 minutes of face time with your pediatrician during an average well visit, so you’ll want to make every second count.

Texas Woman Welcomes 16-Pound Baby Boy
A Texas mother possibly set a new state record after giving birth to a baby boy weighing more than 16 pounds, according to the Longview News-Journal.

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New Study: Parents Believe Kids Curse More Than They Did as Children

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

As adults, we may laugh amongst ourselves when curses are used in a childlike context (see “Go the F–k to Sleep’“), but it’s less funny when a child is cursing out of context.

In a new study commissioned by, parents believe their children are cursing more than they themselves did as kids.  Of the 700 parents who participated in a recent online survey, 86% believe that kids ages 2-12 have loose lips when it comes to unmentionable words…and 54% said their children had actually cursed in front of them. 

In some cases (12%), the kids were just repeating a parent’s curse word and 20% didn’t believe their kids understood the meaning of the word.  Eight out of ten parents also confessed to cursing in front of children, even though 93% also tried to suppress the urge to do so.  Along with blaming themselves, parents also cited other reasons why their kids picked up curses: daycare, playgroups, older siblings, television, games, and movies.

According to Dr. Robi Ludwig,’s Parenting Expert and psychotherapist, “cursing is something that is definitely going to happen, and parents should know this is something to expect and not a reflection of being a bad parent.  However, there are steps parents can take to stop the language before it continues, from creating consequences to monitoring the TV shows and movies your kids watch to correcting houseguests and encouraging the use of alternate words.”  A few more of Dr. Ludwig’s tips to prevent cursing include: don’t overreact, be honest, nip it in the bud, and don’t be tempted by YouTube fame.  (So, parents, put away the recording camera!)

How vigilant are you about not cursing in front of the kids?  What are your tips and advice for dealing with or preventing cursing?

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