This is a very hot subject at the moment. It even made it onto Good Morning Britain. Of course this is just my own personal opinion, because however parents want to raise their children is entirely there own choice. Which I am not judging.
So an Australian blogger said that it's ok to swear in front of children, and also said that it's ok if children swear in front of you. Well I for one think it's totally unacceptable. I simply don't think that in any context it is ok for any child to be swearing in front of family or people in general. It's quite simply offensive in whatever context it is used I believe.
In today's world there is no doubt that swearing is everywhere for children to hear: music, TV, social media etc. I'm not making out either that I haven't sworn in front of my children because I have, because I'm not perfect like a lot of us, but it is minimal and certainly doesn't happen often.
Our children are our images and in those early years our actions, what we also say, will shape quite often the rest of their lives.
So what do we want?
I want my children to be able to have a conversation without having to use an expletives to express what they're trying to convey to somebody else, and I think that's the correct path in life.
The English language is massive and I know there are numerous words that we are able to replace swear words with a more acceptable word.
As parents the question we must ask ourselves is are you comfortable with your children and I mean as young as seven or eight years old swearing in school, swearing at home or out in public? It is just simply wrong, and totally unacceptable.
One the biggest problems I see is by the age of five or six years old if they are swearing it becomes normal to them, and please don't tell me that telling them these are adult words and we can use them because we are grown up. Utter nonsense. In fact the more you swear in front of children, the more they will think it's ok.
I am not naive to think that most children before year 6 or possibly before then, will know all the swear words that exist because they will hear them in school, but that doesn't make it right to be using them at the drop of a hat.
I have also heard of children being excluded from school because of swearing, and people thinking that this is a step too far. If it was a one off then maybe that is a bit over the top, and maybe with the right punishment it can be nipped in the bud. but what if the child was swearing at teachers on a regular basis? They should definitely be excluded as it's very abusive to teachers and disrupts the class, stopping other children from learning. The parents of such children should be informed that it's unacceptable.
Nowadays we make such an effort to educate our children on sex, drugs and drink. So why are we not educating them to use the english language correctly.
So amazingly I wrote this post without a single swear word, and will I will also add, that after approximately 1,200 posts, there is not a single swear word on my blog, and that I am super proud of.
I'm not trying to be a goody two shoes with this post. I believe that we should teach our children a good sense of what's right or wrong and what is acceptable in society.
I would love to know if you agree or disagree with swearing in front of your children?