Poop. Butts. Puke. Toot. (giggle)
Poopy butts. (giggle-giggle)
FAAAART. (rolling on the floor in a fit of uncontrollable giggles)
The above commentary represents about 90% of the chatter between my sons on a regular basis. As the only woman in an all male household, I spent the first few “talking” years of my sons’ lives trying to redirect the conversation from the toilet to something a bit more refined.
Anyone who has raised young boys probably knows how naive I was. Keeping the potty talk in the bathroom seemed to be an impossible task – so I decided if I could not beat them, I should probably just join them.
Now, when one of the boys are in a bad mood, I might make a wee-wee joke.
When chaotic, potty talk battles erupt, I join in rather than fight. Because, maybe they have it right and I’ve had it wrong all along. Potty talk can be fun!
I should probably note that I have taught our kids that it is OK to have potty banter in the privacy of our home with our family, but that it is not appropriate when in the company of others. We have also found fun, but appropriate ways for the boys to enjoy age-appropriate potty humor.
Age-Appropriate Movies and Shows
As part of the Netflix Stream Team, I was invited to a screening of Netflix’s new series All Hail King Julien which is based on King Julien, the lemur king from the Madagascar series of movies.
Now, Netflix knows how to throw a party. The boys loved learning King Julien’s signature dance moves, and to say the kids enjoyed adding candies to fancy up their popcorn was an understatement.
The kids got all settled in their seats and laughed their way through the first 2 episodes. All Hail King Julien is fun for girls and guys, and my boys giggled out loud at Mort, the vomiting lemur and all of the other light potty humor in the episodes. All Hail Julien is now available for streaming on Netflix. And, if you need more Madagascar fun, try these related holiday movies!
Educational Tools that Capitalize on Gross Humor
Little Guy’s aunt found some adorably gross (yet sturdy) ABC flashcards tailored for keeping boys’ attention for learning the alphabet. I’m a good sport and could careless that my son is motivated to learn letter-sound correspondences with a fully illustrated “Fox Fart” and and “Bear Boogers”
Books with Potty Talk
We read lots of potty-talk books such as Captain Underpants, Ook and Gluk, My Little Sister Ate One Hare, and others.They are fun. We laugh together. We build our vocabulary with 15 minutes of reading a day.
Do you allow potty talk outside of the bathroom in your house? I’d love to hear why or why not!
Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming and a streaming device as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions expressed within this post are my own.