QMy 4-year old daughter has picked up some inappropriate language/name calling like "diaper head" and "stupid" and is using it all the time now. I've given her time outs, but they aren't making an impact - do you have any suggestions?
I can't stand those "potty words" that's what we call them. Try some soap in the mouth. I know it sounds awful but it worked on my oldest - he stopped. And remember what works with one kid may not work with the other - where is she hearing these potty words - make sure that you watch your own language as well.
If time outs aren't working, a dash of something she doesn't like on her tongue may do the trick. For example, vinegar or mild hot sauce. A little bit goes a long way! Always follow up with a talk about why the words are inappropriate. I believe strongly in setting expectations and consequences with children rather than just punishing. Good luck!
Posted by Diva P at September 12, 2006 6:37 AM