If you swear at your child in front of me, I will step in

I WAS horrified the other day when my wife came home from shopping at a Urangan supermarket to hear about what a mother had said to her child.

"No, not that one you c**t," the mother said to her child, who looked only about five years old, who obviously picked up the wrong cereal box.

The child's second attempt was met with "you're f*cking useless" as the mum leaned down to grab the right one.

My wife isn't a very confrontational person, she stood there in shock before leaving disgusted.


Would you intervene if you heard a parent swearing at their child?

This poll ended on 22 November 2015.

Yes - 45%

No - 54%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


The saddest part is, this isn't the first time my wife or I have come across parents using language towards their children that I wouldn't even hear between mates in football sheds.

It has happened in front of me before and I am more than happy to call out parents on their putrid behaviour if I hear them verbally abuse their children.

I understand, being a parent can be an incredibly difficult job.

It's full of stress, very little thanks and it is "full-time" in every sense of the word.

But the pressure of being a parent will never excuse calling your child vicious names and conditioning them to think abuse is appropriate behaviour.

This needs to stop, and I encourage everyone reading this to step in if they overhear parents swearing at their children.

And if you find yourself using the Fs and Cs towards or in front of your children, start being an adult, a role model and stop.



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