Children Are Swearing At Younger Ages & It's Not Because of Minions

The next time you want to point the finger at who's teaching your child bad language, you might not want to look to a McDonald's toy. A new study reveals children as young as ages 2 and 3 are learning how to curse -- and it's NOT because of Minions. So just who the hell should you blame? Take a hard look in the mirror. The answer is you.

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"By the time kids go to school now, they're saying all the words that we try to protect them from on television," notes Timothy Jay, a psychology professor. "We find that swearing really takes off between [ages] 3 and 4."

That's right, folks: Our little ones are paying attention to every flipping word we say. Shocking.

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Most parents are pretty knowledgeable of that fact that their kids are sponges. Not only do they soak up the moves you make but even your every word. It's pretty understandable to assume curse words fall into that category given some of us, no matter how hard we try, manage to let one slip on occasion. Apparently it does not appear to be just a one-time "oops," as two-thirds of parents surveyed reveal they oftentimes break their own "no swearing" rule on a regular basis.

Obviously a 2-year-old has no idea what s&*# or da*& means, but will have no problem repeating it to see how others react. After all, what young child does not try to get a rise out of someone? While most might take a vow of cursing silence when they reach kindergarten, others have no issue storing it in their memories for future use.

Growing up, my father cursed like nobody's business -- and could give a flying flip who had an issue with it. While I did not pick up the art of cussing until middle school (I tried to sound "cool" to sit at the popular table), I was enticed to sound like my dad. Had it not been for my mother, I would've been one of those kids you see dropping f-bombs around the store.

Now that I'm a mom, I make it a point not to curse at all, let alone in front of my children. I really don't want to receive a call down the road from a teacher asking why my kid thinks it's OK to cuss people out. As entertaining as some things can be, I'm all about leading by example -- and if that fails, creating a cursing drawer that will likely fund their college education.

 

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