Not a post for the squeamish. Oh, and it contains a handy Amazon link, just in case you fancy adding some Dinosaur that Pooped flavour to your bookcase)
What’s with kids and their toilet humour?
I’m getting a little off-track today, but bear with me! Trying a little calm parenting can be tricky when your kids are obsessed with toilet humour. Yes, my boys (currently aged 5 and 3) are at that potty-mouth, bathroom-humour stage. They’re obsessed and find anything to do with bottoms hysterically funny.
And sometimes it is funny – when teaching Boo and Tiddler the names of the planets recently, we got as far as Uranus before they began giggling manically. It was kind of amusing and I’m grateful they have a sense of humour.
Other times I wish they’d stop calling people poo-head when annoyed. No matter how many times I tell them it’s a rude thing to say, they can’t seem to help their potty-mouth. At least they’re not using adult swear words which would be trickier to deal with.
Don’t waggle your bottom at me!
Of all the funny things I never knew I’d say as a parent, ‘don’t waggle your bottom at me!’ has to be up there with the best of them. My second favourite is ‘stop licking the car’, but that’s a tale for another day.
Boo takes to waggling his derriere at me when he’s trying to be defiant and aside from the ‘poo-heads’ we have ‘billy-willy’ casually chucked in for good measure. That’s not the worst of it though. One time when I was telling him off after his bath Boo actually came up to me turned around and blew off in my face! (I told you this post wasn’t for the squeamish…).
In fact, give them a book related to toilets or bottoms and they’re in reading heaven. Take one of their current favourites, The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past! An endearing tale of a dinosaur who uses broccoli-powered poo to return from his time travel escapade (it’s quite amusing, if you like that kind of thing…). The boys sit quietly listening, and as I get to page where ‘the dinosaur knew what he needed to do….’, you can feel their gleeful anticipation. I turn the page and wham! They jump up and yell in unison – ‘he needed to POO!’ Cue peals of laughter.
Boo has been going through his bathroom vocabulary phase for at least a year – I think he’s drawing inspiration from his pals in the playground at school. Maybe sharing poop-related stories and jokes is the in-thing for five-year olds.
It’s only a phase
Apparently pre-schoolers and reception year kids do use toilet humour to get them through the toilet training stage, as this Today’s Parents article shows.
So, only a couple of years to go then before they grow out of it. Or not if you take Mr N’s point of view – he reckons that boys never leave this potty-humour stage. We’ll probably be getting toilet humour until their teens and beyond then. I’m sure we’ll get through it though, one Dinosaur Pooped book at a time…
Are your kids at the toilet humour stage? Are you a secret Dinosaur that Pooped fan? Let me know below!