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Dealing with a 10-Year-Old Who Swears

Question:

My 10-year-old daughter is very jealous of any positive attention I give her older sister. The other day we were joking, and she swore at me. I’m very involved in my church and make sure no one says bad words in my house. Despite this I’m so disappointed that my daughter used this very bad word. Please help me and offer some advice.

Answer:

In order to best help your daughter, define exactly how you would like her to behave when something upsets her. Give her examples of what would be appropriate to say when someone is joking around with her. Let her explain to you how upset she felt when you were joking with her. It sounds like her sensitivity level may be different than yours or your other daughter's, so when talking or joking around with her, remember she’s probably going to be more sensitive.

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