When Kids Say Words They Shouldn't

Greenberg, Polly
October 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Oct2004, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p32
The article presents answers to queries by readers on how to encourage children to use appropriate language. The problem is that children sometimes say words at wrong times, in absolutely the most alarming places. We discount how important children feel it is to win admiration from their pals. Many children will risk a teacher's wrath to win their peers' attention. As adults, we tend to think that the rewards and punishments we give are the only feedback that counts, but this is far from the truth. Grown-ups can try to encourage activities that give the child who is using inappropriate words more acceptable ways of getting attention.


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