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Name-calling and potty training

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Question: The first time my 3-year-old called his 4-year-old brother “stupid” I was caught off guard and probably made too big a deal over it. I told him that he is not allowed to call a person stupid because it is hurtful. He promptly began calling the dog, his cup and everything else under the sun “stupid.” He loves to call people “stoopy” or “foopid” or “poopid” (especially that one, since it combines two words he knows annoy me!) I’ve created a monster, haven’t I? I have started ignoring the behavior, but what should I do when he directs the term at a friend or just some random kid at the playground?

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