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Potty Language

By Kay on Fri, Aug 22, 2008

General, Parenting Tips, PreSchoolers

(Many thanks to my friends for the below exchange. This is why we ALL need a support group of other moms to rely on!)

Q: Any tips for handling a 3yo boy who likes to call everybody silly names? (pumpkinhead, pottyhead, poopoohead, boogerhead. I could go on… LOL) We’ve spanked, we’ve done timeouts, we’ve taken away toys, we’ve ignored it, we’ve laughed at it, and we’re all out of ideas. We even resorted to calling him the same name he calls us, (that was short lived as he thought it was the funniest thing he ever heard) and nothing seems to work.

A: We’ve set the rule of no name calling at all, just in case you hurt someone’s feelings when you are just trying to be funny.

AND we’re only allowed to use bathroom words IN the bathroom (which has stopped the embarassingly loud announcements of “I have to poo!” in restaurants, but has also spawned numerous toot and tee tee bathtime songs). To me, this was a safe way for them to get to enjoy those funny things about their bodies which all little ones find so hilarious without shaming our family in public.

But you know, since my girls aren’t allowed to say, “I gotta go poo!” in public any more, we’ve had to come up with acceptable alternatives. Wouldn’t Ethan look so sweet and precious with, “Excuse me, I need to go freshen up.” Priceless. 🙂

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. PaPa-G Says:

    hmmm.. saying things at the table that embarrass the family in public. I don’t have a clue what you are talking about!!

  2. Kay Says:

    LOL! I sure can remember several times turning beet red at YOUR dinner table, sir! Maybe that’s where your grandsons get it! 🙂

  3. PaPa-G Says:

    Probbly so. But, that means it was passed to them by their Daddy!
    Ain’t America great – the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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