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You're shocked. Despite your best efforts to keep your tongue in check around the kids, suddenly your 7-year-old is using expletives. Why? Though parents often assume the blame when children begin swearing, most kids learn these words from watching TV or listening to friends, and commonly use them to express anger, shock adults, or assert independence, says Stanley Goldstein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Middletown, New York. Goldstein advises parents to keep these things in mind when four-letter words fly: