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Ask Rene:
My Son Won’t Stop Lying!
What Now? 

Hi Rene,

My son has had a problem with swearing in the last little while. He is nine-years-old and is going to day care. He is calling his so called friends and acquaintances bad names and I am embarrassed to even say them. 

I am appalled and have had it up to here with it all. He is quick to anger, but on the other hand he has been so loving while growing up. He really wears his heart on his sleeve and when he loves, he really loves, but when he is angry or sad, it comes out just as strong. We have taken things away as punishment like his bike, video games, etc…, but as soon as he gets these back and behaves for a few days, I get pulled over and told again that he is at his old tricks. 

He is a very active boy who always did like to put his hands on everything and touch and touch and touch. In the last 6 months I’ve noticed a big change in his behavior and attitude. We do not use these words around the kids at all. Now I know on occasion a bad word might sneak out, but it would be very, very rare. 
How do I go about curbing his foul language? I am at my wits end.
Please help.

Signed,

Perplexed Pop 

 

Dear PP:

I’m so sorry you’re going through this.. This is just another one of the things that makes parenting such a difficult job. It does sound like something is happening with your son; the question is what. So I did a little research; here’s what I would do in your situation.

1. Talk To A Professional

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This is the place I would recommend starting. You need a professional to assess what might be going on. The reason I suggest this is because you mention that your son has always been so loving and this cursing is something that's been happening recently. Your pediatrician should be able to give you advice and if not, at least point you in the direction to get some.

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