Do you swear in front of your kids?
A mother gives four reasons for avoiding usage of swear words in the company of impressionable kids.
may not be a taboo subject for you. You might be using these words as endearing
terms, without thinking much about the impact of such objectionable language.
But, as a parent, you must follow certain decorum when you are in the company
of your young children. Remember they may be listening to the word for
the first time. Or they might take to repeating it without your knowledge.
Here are four reasons why you should avoid use of bad (read unparliamentary)
words in front of your kids.
Language is a gift
expresses oneself through a language. Therefore, good language is the best
gift you can give to your child. See to it that he speaks a language that
appeals to everyone around him. Just imagine your child being alienated
at school level due to usage of bad words. Remember your family's reaction
when you had first used a bad word. Your child might antagonize the peer
group at the outset.
Indicates bad breeding
Bad words speak
of a bad home culture. Although these words do not necessarily indicate
the family upbringing of a child, it is quite possible that abrupt use
of such words might wrongly imply bad breeding. Why do you want to give
wrong signals about your family?
Life is a changing
phenomenon. Your child will have to interact with different types of people,
in and out of India. While some may understand the psychology behind the
swear words, some may take offence. So it is always better to play safe.
Bad management of emotions
will be highly dependent on their interaction skills for furtherance of
their professional activities. Effective inter-personal communication will
naturally lead to a higher success rate. Therefore, if you want your child
to be successful communicator, it is advisable to check the words he uses
now. What if he spoils his track record (as a group manager) only due to
bad words used against his juniors. He might use such words as a medium
to vent his anger and frustration. So friends this is the right time to
curb your seemingly harmless habit of liberally using swear words. I have
known of children telling the school principal, "Why do you stop me from
using such words. My mod and dad speak the same language.''