In a large family, there is always a feud going on. I generally let the fire burn out on its own. There are a few times when I will intervene, threat of violence, or potty mouth. My little red has a temper, maybe it’s because of the red hair. He can belt out some potty words aimed at his sisters. Now let me clarify that by potty mouth I mean, mean spirited insults. Now he has been known too cuss the Devil.
When I was growing up punishment was different then modern day. If I said a potty word I would been eating some Ivory soap. I don’t remember actually needing to eat the soap. It seemed dangerous somehow. I vowed to never force my child to eat soap.
I came up with something much better and worse tasting! Little Red hates black strap molasses, so every time he uses inexcusable language, I break out the bottle of molasses. He hates the taste and his potty mouth episodes have decreased. Plus it is actually nutritious for him.
Just to clarify, I’m in no way bashing any parents choice of punishment. Do what works in your family. I just thought I would share what works in mine.