Experts Answer Once And For All If It’s OK To Swear In Front Of Your Kids

Oh boy.

When it comes to parenting, there are a whole lot of ways you can go about it. If you’re new to parenting, you will likely pull from what your parents did, taking the good and bad. Adjusting to what you felt was good or bad when you were growing up. But, at the same time, there are are a lot of thing our grandparents or parents believed when we were young that aren’t as relevant now. Like swearing. It seems my generation — I’m an Xennial — a bit above me, and the generation under me are more relaxed when it comes to swearing around kids.

Personally for me, swearing isn’t that big of a deal. Those words are a part of language and at times they can be very useful. But, at the same time we don’t want our kids running around dropping f-bombs freely. Instead of putting a ban on the words completely, we do the whole “in context” thing. If the kid drops something on their toe and it hurt a lot — good to swear. It can help relieve pain after all. And when I stub my toe, or step on a hidden Lego block, I swear, too.

But, if a kid tries to swear at someone, meaning they call someone a sh*t or yell the f-word at someone, that will land them in big trouble.

We’ve heard growing up that swearing is bad, but do experts think it’s really bad to do in front of the kids?

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Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the Managing Editor of Moms and she's has an odd obsession with useless movie and TV trivia. She's one of the weird ones that reads IMDb trivia instead of watching the movie. When she's not at work you can hear her answering the question "why" twenty-billion times thanks to her four kids. Got something to say? Send me an email at

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