Keys for Kids

Parent Minute

Potty mouth—I get sick of it.

Posted on 8/17/2018 by Greg Yoder

You’re taking a tour of a Christian ministry with your kids. Then—out of the mouth of your five-year-old—they say the words that make you cringe. Potty talk. And, it wasn’t just spoken softly, it was yelled at the top of his lungs. You want to just crawl into a hole, don’t you? How do you stop that kind of behavior? The one thing you don’t do is get excited about it because THAT’S the reaction he was looking for. The better response is to ignore it and calmly correct him: “Let’s use something other than potty talk, okay, bud?” Or, “That was a poor choice of words, wasn’t it, buddy? Let’s use better words.” If it continues, though, there are more consequences that should be handled privately.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 13:24

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