Daniel Ream shares the following anecdote in the comments under my last post:
While I think there’s merit in raising independent children, these three have raised their kids as if they are tiny adults rather than children, with children’s immature emotional development and unique sensitivities. As a result, the children swear like sailors, and are familiar with a wide variety of deviant sexuality and violence, thanks to living around the corner from the Castro, watching whatever movies they want, and watching Daddies play video games.
I recently heard about a small Russian boy around 4 years old who is fond of running around the place shouting “blyad!” For those unfamiliar with Russian, this is like running about shouting “c*nt!” Unsurprisingly, his father doesn’t live with him and his mother.
Children usually learn to swear when young because they hear their parents do it, or school friends. Every kid I know will occasionally let slip a “naughty word” resulting in a bollocking from the parents, searching questions as to where it was learned, and solemn vows not to swear in front of the kids any more. This is perfectly normal.
What isn’t normal is for a kid to run around swearing. Letting slip a swear word indicates the kid has his ears open. Running around swearing indicates his parents don’t care, and if they don’t care about his language you can be absolutely sure they don’t care about other things, some of which are essential to his development. A child who routinely uses bad language, especially in front of adults, is not going to do very well in life.