Parenting Tips: Is It Harmless To Occasionally Swear Around The Kids? Experts Says YES

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald October 18, 12:00 pm

Parents, in general, are cautious when it comes to their behavior in front of their kids. Parents may tend to be on their best behavior but there are times that they'd eventually give in to their emotions. Thus, they would drop and murmur profane words as a sign of exhaustion and disappointment in front of the youngsters, which is perfectly fine according to experts.

Profanity and parenting are two words that shouldn't go hand in hand based on what most parents think. It was then explained that parents don't have to put their guards up at all cost when it comes to the words coming out of their mouths as dropping the F-Bomb are somewhat acceptable according to News' report.

Benjamin K. Bergen, who is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, suggests that it is perfectly fine for parents to swear around the youngsters every now and then. Bergen's book entitled "What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves," suggests that swearing around children is somewhat acceptable and harmless as they are "resilient" to profanity.

Benjamin K. Bergen's book is the total opposite of a study from the American Academy of Paediatrics which was published in 2011. The study suggests that swearing is harmful to children as it causes then to develop negative physiological reactions which include shallow breasting and slow heart rate.

Bergen did acknowledge that there is an effect when parents would swear around their children but the effect, however, is not entirely negative.

"[T]here's no ... proof that exposure to ordinary profanity - four-letter words - cause any sort of direct harm: no increased aggression, stunted vocabulary, numbed emotions or anything else," Benjamin Bergen told LA Times.

There's no solid proof that points out that profanity can negatively affect children. Bergen then added that more research needs to be done in regards to the correlation of swearing in front of the children and the effects of swearing.

What's your stand in regards to swearing in front of the children? Do let us know your thoughts through the comment section below.

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