Annie Zimmer, M.D.
Did your child just drop a swear word at home? Is this a sign of trouble ahead? Youngsters often delight in using words they hear from friends, parents or shows they watch. Swearing, profanity or cursing is a normal development behavior that is natural for kids to try out, especially during school years. Boys Town Pediatrics offers strategies for parents regarding profanity use.
As children become more mature, the attraction with using profanity generally loses luster. If profanity continues to be a problem for your child and other problems such as chronic lying, stealing, or difficulty with peers occur, talk to your pediatrician about other behavior strategies or resources.