Swearing around kids is NOT the worst thing in the world. In fact, you should do it more often!

Research scientist, Emma Byrne, explains why we should be teaching our kids to swear.

“Swearing is part of children’s social development,” Emma said.

Why we should be teaching kids how to swear

“Learning how to use swearing effectively, with the support of empathetic adults, is far better than trying to ban children from using such language.

“We try to keep strong language away from kids until they know how to use it effectively. I strongly argue that we should revise this attitude.

“Children whose parents model for them appropriate usage of swearing are far more likely to not get in trouble for using it inappropriately. Whereas those who are left to learn it in the playground, who then don’t actually know where the limits are.”

What you can’t do is use those swears with hatred and venom directed at your child or someone else. Don’t be nasty and hurtful!

But if you drop the occasional F-bomb here or there and utter an occasional “what the f#ck is this shit!?” when you walk into a room to find your kid’s artwork on the walls, then take heart in the knowledge that you’re not damaging your kid and you are certainly not alone.