I feel dreadful aout this but my 2.5yo has picked up the f word from me. I don't use it regularly but she's had chickenpox and mOnday Tuesday was feeling much better but was very trying, demanding and cheeky. I've never sworn at her but must admit to muttering it under my breath over the last couple of days genereally ffs. Well, she's now reciting it perfectly and DP is horrified. I don't need anyone to make me feel bad about it as I can do that by myself. DP has reprimanded her quite severely twice over it. I wonder if it's best to ignore it until it goes away. She does know it's naughty as she say;s it whilst looking at you grinning. Also it's when she gets a bit over excited......Unfortuantely MIL was here today and heard it very clearly.
So I am I the only one? Any ideas on how to deal with it?
Ignore it, say calmly 'we don't say that' and move on, definitely. If you give it value and get excited she will carry on saying it IME. I learnt this the hard way when my ds realised that telling me to Shut Up had an explosive effect. He thne used it whenever he wanted to see me in a frenzy. He knows he can say 'fuck' all he likes and it doesn't get a reaction (other than No Thanks) so there's no point. He doesn't say it though, he's 7 and knows not to swear. Well, he knows it's pointless!
So I'd completely disagree with naughty step or making a big deal of it, really. She doesn't know what it means, she's just copying you, it's not her fault! And neither should you feel bad about it though!
Thanks, I agree with you www. I will ignore it & try to get Dp to do the same. Big lesson learnt here for me. I don't see the point in explaining that Mummy was naughtly as I don't want to draw any more attention to it.IF I say it again then I will try that approach...honestly they push and push and push and when you're nearly pushed to the limit they push you that little bit more. I'm feeling really nervous that she'll say it again in front of DP and relatives over easter, Dp's already lookign at me as if I'm the worst mother of the year!