2468nevertoolate
Hi, I have a 6 nearly 7 year old who is the eldest of 4, and lately he has started having outbursts which have got more and more regular.

Sometimes it's just random screaming as if he's trying to get attention but finding it funny, and now he's also starting randomly blurting our the S word.
We initially thought this was for attention but this morning he got up before everyone else and went downstairs to watch tv and as I heard the tv I woke up and heard him blurting out the S word.

Does anyone have any ideas at to what the issue\cause could be here please?
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familylives
Hi, I understand your concern. It's probably just that he finds it funny, he knows you don't want him to say it and that it's taboo so he finds it fun to do. In all honesty, there doesn't really seem to be an issue here, this sounds like typical childhood behaviour. They will try to push boundaries to see what they can get away with, so they can learn how to navigate the world socially. You may find it helpful to read our articles on childhood behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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Jason Shaw jay3779
As an ex-teacher, we practised positive reinforcement of the behaviours we wanted from our pupils. That's to say we ignored outbursts by positively praising (and rewarding) the others who weren't showing this behaviour. The focus was on the positive behaviour, depriving the pupil of the 'oxygen' of attention seeking behaviour. Psychologically, this was beneficial for the teacher and the majority of the students, as the focus was on positive behaviour. 

As a father of only one, it wasn't too difficult to transfer this method but it can be applied to television, where outlandish and negative behaviours can be looked on as negative peer behaviour. By the way, I only let my daughter watch BBC children's programming. I find the other channels too excitable. 

Good luck!
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