If you think that your child might be too young to understand grown-up conversations? They certainly can.1

As soon as a child starts talking, they even are keenly listening to what you are saying.1

So, if you want to avoid embarrassing yourself in front of others, its time to start speaking more mindfully in front of your kids.1

Things to avoid while talking around kids1

  • Avoid talking about issues such as financial problems or a family crisis. Kids are more drawn to arguments and emotional discussions.
  • Avoid talking rudely about others.
  • Avoid constant criticism and complains especially regarding your child’s teacher, relative or neighbours.
  • Many swear in front of their kids. Try not to swear in front of your kids or at them.
  • If you have to discuss some sensitive issue, go somewhere else and do it.
  • Don't try to whisper or talk in code and hope your kids won't notice or understand.

Swearing: why children do it2

Young children often swear because they’re exploring language or trying to imitate others.

The most effective way to handle your child’s swearing is by ignoring it completely. No talking, no eye contact. When this behaviour is attention-seeking, this is often the best way to stop it.

Staying calm is the key which will go a long way towards preventing further such episodes.

If your child still continues to swear, try talking with them about their choice of words. Toddlers might not fully understand the words they use, but they can understand that swear words can hurt or offend others.

Further, the way you will react to your child’s swearing now will influence their future swearing behaviour.


  1. Tips for Parents: Talking Around the Kids [Internet]. Available from https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/talking-around-the-kids#1. Accessed on 27th February 2020.   
  2. Swearing: toddlers and preschoolers [Internet]. Available from https://raisingchildren.net.au/preschoolers/behaviour/common-concerns/swearing-toddlers-preschoolers. Accessed on 27th February 2020.