There is just no denying how hilarious it is whenever you ask a toddler who is just learning how to talk to say "truck" or "witch" and it comes out sounding like something else. They just can't help it because they are still working through their pronunciations and we can't help feel entitled to a little giggle at their expense. But what happens whenever those swear words are intentional instead of accidental? Well, then it's a problem.
Here's the thing: while hearing a swear word come out of a toddlers mouth can be mesmerizing in a sense because of how wrong it actually is, whenever it's your own toddler doing the cursing (all on their own), it means we have some thinking to do about our word choices.
A survey was recently done in the United Kingdom by Day Nurseries UK and found that around 12 percent of nursery school staff, which is the equivalent to one out of every 10, overheard toddler cursing, which was reported by TODAY. There was 1,125 staff member who had responded to the survey and of that, roughly 13 percent feel that they are hearing toddlers swearing more often now than ever. What does this mean? Pretty much that toddlers are hearing more swearing whether it be at home or outside the home.
Obviously, this is a key indicator that our society as a whole has become much laxer when it comes to swearing. Social attitudes have definitely shifted and while 50 years ago you rarely heard swearing and would get your mouth washed out with soap if you dare let one bad word leave your lips - things have changed. And beyond overhearing these words from parents, more and more music is incorporating curse words and little ones can pick up on that, too.
Then of course, we find ourselves questioning the impact this has on little ones and worry that we should be concerned. While many different people have varying options, a study that was published in Psychology Today notes that it's more about the emotion that goes along with the curse word that should be our main concern. It's also important to pay attention to the context they are using the swear word in and if they are using it to be verbally abusive or violent.
We all know that swear words probably aren't the best use of a toddlers vocabulary, but if we learned anything today, it's to look past the curse word and cut back on our own personal swearing.