Dad says allowing your children to swear can be an effective parenting tool

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It’s something that makes most parents wince.

But it’s something one dad says every parent should allow their children to do: swear.

Tom Burns says in a blog on that his 8-year-old daughter has had a rough year with anxiety, school and friend drama. One way to “instantly cheer her mood,” he says, is to let her swear “occasionally.”

Burns says it “works like a charm and shows how liberating language can be.” In fact — in his household, his daughter’s swearing was his idea. On one particularly bad day for her, Burns said the only thing he could think of that might help was to suggest she say a swear word.

She did, he said, and her mood instantly improved.

He said:

“Sometimes kids just need you to shut up and acknowledge that they’re in pain. And in my experience, ignoring a few choice swear words when they’re frustrated is an easy way to let them know that you’re taking them seriously.”

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