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Oh, fudge! Time Magazine reports that kids are swearing earlier than ever, and if you've been to the playground lately, you know it's true.

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A study conducted by U.K. researcher Timothy Jay has found that a rise in vulgarity among adults has led children to curse at earlier ages than ever before -- some at just 2 years of age! 

"By the time kids go to school now, they're saying all the words that we try to protect them from on television," Jay told the Montreal Gazette. "We find their swearing really takes off between [ages] 3 and 4." 

The problem usually lies with mom and dad. Kids repeat everything they hear; they truly are little sponges. So you'd best get your potty mouth cleaned up before your bundle of joy arrives, because even before your little one is able to speak, he/she will be soaking up everything you say and do -- and that goes for every F-bomb you drop.

Moms, how do you handle a case of potty mouth in your house?


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
mommyflea October 17, 2010, 3:19 PM

Potty Mouth IS the parent’s fault!The end!

Mrs. C October 17, 2010, 7:00 PM

I disagree that it’s always the parents fault! I have 2 grandsons that live with me, ages 5 & 6. The 5 yr.old says bad words occassionally, the 6 yr.old doesn’t. No one in my household swears! The only place we could think of where he would get it is, either from TV or other kids! So don’t always blame the parents/grandparents!

Kimberly October 17, 2010, 10:49 PM

One mom I know was faced with her young son picking up swearing from school. She explained that just like some families eat junk food or make unhealthy food choices, some people use “junk” or “unhealthy” words. They literally make people feel sicker. I think this is true, I feel worse if I swear.

Kimberly October 17, 2010, 10:50 PM

One mom I know was faced with her young son picking up swearing from school. She explained that just like some families eat junk food or make unhealthy food choices, some people use “junk” or “unhealthy” words. They literally make people feel sicker. I think this is true, I feel worse if I swear.

Jennie October 18, 2010, 6:35 AM

Mrs. C, that’s STILL the parents’ fault! With children as young as 5 and 6, it’s a parent’s job to monitor television and friendships. None of my kids have ever sworn, nor do they even know those words exist, because my husband and I never swear in front of them, we don’t watch TV, and we’re selective with their friends. I get accused of sheltering my kids. My response is, so???! No, I can’t protect them from everything, but while they’re young, I can darn well try.


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