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November alert: swearing, playing fair and lying

Parenting alert

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It can be a shock the first time your child swears or lies – not to mention the tantrum when he or she loses at snap! But it’s all part of learning the rules of social behaviour. Our new articles on swearing, playing fair and lying can help you create an environment where your child doesn’t need to swear or lie, and where having fun is more important than winning.

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Swearing: toddlers and preschoolers

Children in this age group often swear because they’re exploring language. It’s best to ignore it completely. Read how your reactions can influence your child’s swearing behaviour.

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Swearing: school-age children

School kids sometimes swear to fit in socially. Speak to your child about swearing, rather than ignoring it. This article has more tips on teaching your child about acceptable language.

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Learning to play fair

Games allow children to learn how to play fair and have fun, even without winning. They also learn social rules, like taking turns. Here’s how to teach children the rules of the game.

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Lies: why children lie and what to do

Children might lie from three years on. It’s part of their development – but so is learning to tell the truth. This article explains how to teach your child that honesty is important.

Still from RCN video available at http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/encouraging_behaviour_video.html

Film clip: encouraging good behaviour

Watch this film clip on how to encourage the behaviour you want in your child. Top of the list: children do as you do. Your child watches you to get clues on how to behave in the world.

More to explore

Occasional cheating is usually harmless. But if children cheat because they feel pressured to win, you might need to get involved.

Learning to share
Help children learn to share by showing them how, encouraging them when they try, and praising them when they share well.

Imaginary friends
Make-believe friends grow out of healthy active imaginations. They give children playmates to practise their social skills with.

Bullying can be physically and emotionally damaging for children. If you think your child is being bullied, you need to step in.

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