“Don’t swear in front of your kids.”
“Don’t say, ‘good job‘ or praise them too much.”
There are a lot of parenting rules and “don’ts” out there that I don’t really abide by or believe in. I swear and my kids have at least a handful of times too. They understand they’re not to swear at someone, but sometimes — like when you smash your finger — that “s-word” or even the “f-word” are just so fitting.
I don’t believe that positive reinforcement will ruin our children and make them lazy and try to give them feedback daily. I love the smile they give when they hear that I am proud.
I do have my own guidelines over what I will and won’t say in front of or to my kids. I am not perfect so there are times where I won’t listen to my own rules, but generally — these are more important than the not swearing or no praising rules.
Click through to read 7 things I try not to say in front of my kids & why you shouldn’t either:
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