Today's Tip for Families

05-20-2024

Put an End to Hurtful Words

Most households have some rules about swearing. But swearing is just the tip of the harmful language iceberg.

Don't limit your rules just to the swear words. Set a rule that requires your teen to use polite, respectful language in and outside your home. Make it clear that it is unacceptable to use words which insult a person's appearance, background or character. Forbid your teen to use words such as "dumb," "stupid" and "idiot." Any words that are hurtful to someone else should not be allowed.

Prohibiting hurtful words forces teens to find other ways to express frustration. And that can help them learn new vocabulary while becoming more respectful.


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