Parents were divided on Chelsey's parenting strategy of letting her 3-year-old child swear, including using the word f*ck.
A Mom-of-two has been heavily criticized after revealing she allows her three-year-old son to swear. Other parents slammed Chelsey over her parenting style but she's taking it in her stride. Chelsey believes it's more important that her children not spread hatred than swear and it's something she stands by. Chelsey shared her parenting style and addressed the complaints in a TikTok video that received some strong comments. Chelsey who goes by @chelseybanker on TikTok said other kids' Moms were being annoyed and angry at her for letting her kid swear, reported The Sun. Chelsey said she was fine as long as swear words were directed at other people and added it was ok to use them express their own feelings.
She said that everyone wants to be her friend until they learn "I let my three-year-old swear," she said. Chelsey is taking a novel approach to parenting and is focusing more on teaching her children about respecting other people more than anything else, including understanding consent and equality. "I don't believe in gender stereotypes and let him play with dolls and makeup. We teach him age-appropriate context about consent and equality for all," said Chelsey.
While many parents were supportive of her progressive parenting style, the issue of encouraging her kid to swear didn't stand well with many, sparking a fierce debate. In one of the videos posted online, her three-year-old child can be seen swearing saying someone ate his cake. After many posted comments criticizing her, she responded, "I don't need to reprimand my three-year-old, I need to explain to him why we don't say certain words and let him use his judgment on others because he is learning. He uses it in the right context, he talks better than most school-aged kids I know, so."
She added she was more concerned about her son using hateful words. "Words not allowed in my house are hurtful or hateful words. F**k isn't hurtful, in my opinion. He knows not to say it in public or say it in front of other people's kids because some don't like that. I will always teach him to be respectful and not to use hateful or hurtful things to people because that is not okay," said Chelsey. "But if he wants to drop some swear words and use them in the correct context, I really don't care."
Some were critical of her, with one person writing, "Mine would get a serious reprimand. Yes, he is a child but he still must be taught it's a bad word." Another said they liked her parenting style bar the swearing. "I'm with you on all of that with the exception of swearing. There is no need for my six-year-old to swear." Few others were very encouraging and excited by her style of parenting. "They are just words until you give them power, if they're not using them AT someone, and you are teaching them right, who cares?" Another wrote, "YES! This is what I tell my kids. It's not the word it's the meaning behind it."
Another parent concurred with Chelsey, writing, "My rule is we don't use swearing to hurt people's feelings but if you wanna express yours with a swear word, go ahead." Chelsey responded, commenting, "Yep, same! As long as it isn't at someone or to hurt someone's feelings, I don't care. I say SOB when I stub my toe, why can't they?"
She also added that she was pro-vaccine and masks, hinting that many had problems with that as well. She finally added, "I'm confrontational and have no problem burning bridges to protect mine and my families' peace."