We treated "shut up" and "stupid" as swearing when our kids were growing up. I don't think I ever got paid for the infractions, but it was treated the same way as if they had used profanity. Good work, Mom! =)Word verification = blestept (that sounds like a good curse word, to me)
So I guess this is not the "Shut the front door!" variety of "shut up!" that you are trying to discourage?
Good plan!VW: payersI would assume that the boys will be the payers.
My kids have suggested a swear jar but it is for when *I* swear, not them. I told them to fuck off.
Elizabeth...you could end up becoming a very, very wealthy woman...
Birdie made me laugh really hard. Which is sort of the problem I have with swear words, when used sparingly (and unexpectedly) they can be so humorous. Just don't tell my kids I said that.
I get a dollar every time the kids use my (more spacious) shower and leave their discarded pajamas or dirty clothes all over my floor along with their wet towels. It has worked quite rapidly.
I say that, a lot.
We call that the "s" word and my kids know how much I hate it. They get pretty creative with alternatives though. Hannah's been reading Jane Austen and had a rather elegant way of saying it the other day, "if I wanted to hear your tiresome speech my dear sister, I would have invited you to tea."