Parents often slip a swear word or two, and we guess it’s normal. But even though we teach our kids that swearing is NOT good, there are certainly many worse ways to mess them up than swearing in front of them, and science actually agrees.
The author of “Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language” and a scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, Dr. Emma Byrne says that you can help students understand the language better by teaching them to swear. Swearing has been linked to honesty, better credibility, and a more robust vocabulary, and it will help children process and handle anger more efficiently.
She is a self-titled “Sweary scientist”, and she recommends for parents to change their attitude towards swearing, and teach our children to use strong language effectively.
Watch the video below and check out what she has to say:
Byrne explains in her book that swearing has been shown to reduce anxiety, help trauma victims recover language and lower the effects of physical pain.
The Dr. added:
“Learning how to use swearing effectively, with the support of empathetic adults, is far better than trying to ban children from using such language,”
According to an interesting study, swearing when you experience pain can increase your tolerance to the pain source by almost 50%!
Of course, you shouldn’t drop the F-bomb in every sentence, but maybe teaching your kids that it is OK in certain situations can be a good thing. At least according to Dr. Byrne.