Tips for Taming a Sharp Tongue

Tips for Taming a Sharp Tongue

One of my favorite authors and bloggers, Becky Danielson of 1Corinthians13Parenting.com is guest blogging blogging today.  And boy did I need this message.  Plus, scroll down and you could win a copy of her new book! “#*&%!” I cringed as the profane word escaped his lips, again. As a young teacher, new to the classroom, I’d tried everything I could think of to extinguish the foul language of this five-year-old child. It was time to contact his parents. His mom answered the phone when I called later that afternoon. I described my concerns, explaining that other children were beginning to mimic the forbidden words her son was using. She was shocked and assured me she and her husband would talk to their child that evening. As we were ending the conversation, she thanked me for calling and said, “I just don’t know where the #*&% he got that but I’ll talk to him. Thanks again for calling.” Seriously, it’s a true story. Language is, at its core, modeling. Swearing, sarcasm, rudeness, and back talk are disrespectful and just plain ugly behaviors. In a child, the words can be even more aggravating. Who do our kids copy in the way they speak and act? The culture has produced great role models for disrespect. Try watching any TV show or movie to see what I mean. Kids are applauded for being sarcastic and rude. Consider the TV shows, movies, and music your children listen to most often. Kids mimic what they see and hear. My boys began trash talking one another as they had seen in a popular children’s TV show....
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