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When Potty Talk Takes Over

When Potty Talk Takes Over

Inappropriate humor has taken over my household. I used to think that having a boy and two girls would negate such talk, since my son wouldn’t have anyone to really bond with over the potty talk little boys find so amusing. But it’s actually my middle daughter, Emmie, who is leading the charge on this lately.

At 3.5 years old, she’s all about making her older brother laugh. And at 5.5 years old, Jack thinks there’s nothing funnier than to burp out loud or talk about poop. Usually at the dinner table.

So I have one kid belching like a frat boy, and another who makes what she thinks sounds like burping noises but really just involve her making a growling noise in her throat. And God forbid the 20-month-old, Maeve, is being ignored for a second. Once the other two get going, she starts spitting in her high chair, which makes both of her siblings laugh like hyenas.


Emily Post would be horrified at the dinner table antics in my home.

They also love to call each other names now and just last week, when she was mad about being given a timeout, Emmie yelled at me, “You’re a poopy vagina butt!” Well then. I guess that’s about the ultimate 3-year-old put-down. One that earned her an extra-special timeout extension.

We’ve also entered the stage where Jack thinks it’s funny to egg his sister on to do something he clearly knows is wrong, just to watch her get in trouble. Which is how it came to be that my 3-year-old mooned us all over a lovely meal of chicken tacos last week.

I was in the kitchen getting milk for the kids, when I heard him whispering and giggling. Next thing I knew, she stood up in her chair, pulled down her shorts and Cinderella underwear and laughed hysterically.

“Look at my butt, Mommy!” she yelled.

Jack literally fell out of his chair he was laughing so hard. But really, his butt leaves his seat so often during mealtime that it wasn't really a surprise to see him lying on the floor. I can tell you our reward chart now has a spot with the title “No showing your butt to other people.” Even sadder is that fact she got only one sticker in that spot over the last seven days.

Currently trying to make it through summer vacation without losing any of her three children or her mind, Snarky Mommy has only been half-successful. You guess which half. You can follow her parenting adventures on her blog,, Twitter and Facebook.

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SueW43134 SueW43134 5 years
I probably shouldn't tell you this, but at fifty-something, I put my hand over my almost 50 year old sister's mouth recently so she couldn't say anything when I made reference to me being short. Because she would have. That's how she is. Our mother was at the other end of the table rolling her eyes at us. So it never ends. Ever!
KristaAbt KristaAbt 5 years
Wow. Sounds like my house with my three boys. And my brother (he's on my list....) recently taught them the poopy rap. He and a friend made it up when they were about 10. Great. Now it's that, and armpit farting noises, and all. But I can safely say my kids have never mooned
PatriciaAlmquist PatriciaAlmquist 5 years
lol I now feel less alone lol! My son 3 refers to everything and everyone as "Fat". My oldest loves to make his little brother say things. Peeing outside is one I have had to explain when someone was nice enough to take my son to the park. My youngest almost 2 year old girl walks around saying Damit and beating up her brothers, hair pulling is her favorite. Yep just tell me it gets better ; )
KateHarle KateHarle 5 years
I have 3 kids, 10,6,3 and we have called a truce on potty talk wars, farts and burps are funny, but only at home, so we laugh along and remind them of their manners and then distract immediately so the laughter is transferred to something more socially acceptable. Oh and mooning!!!!!! Oh dear i wish mooning wasn't so funny, my youngest two have made up the "bum cheeks" dance which is done every morning while getting dressed in front of the heater (its winter here). Thank goodness there is no one around in the mornings!!!!
NathanScottGo NathanScottGo 5 years
Nice! made me laugh. I guess I can't wait when my son turn 3!, and oh wait thats 10months to go. (",)
Marikie2482449 Marikie2482449 5 years
Sounds sooo familiar! LOL!
MissJones5837 MissJones5837 5 years
I am sorry, but I am cracking up. I totally understand because I have a boy whom just turned four and that kinda stuff tickles them. But after he is in trouble, i can't help but lauh and tell anyone what he just said. Long as your not laughing at them. And your other child falling out the chair, I am sorry but i woulda lmao right then lol.
NanKoehrsen NanKoehrsen 5 years
Kids will be kids and some of them will carry this kind of behaviors into their adulthood. At least they can laugh about it and at the same time, making us parents laugh too, instead of crying.
JenniferSweeney7233 JenniferSweeney7233 5 years
This makes me feel good. I have 2 kids ages 3 and 7. That was a replay of the whole summer for me. I was starting to think that something was wrong with my kids. Im glad this seems to be "normal" kid stuff. Im soo tired of time outs and punishments. and The fighting!! All they do is argue. Over EVERYTHING!!!! The newest fight is who will open the door first when we leave the house.
deeMiller65027 deeMiller65027 5 years
oh NO you have my kids!!
LeahP53085 LeahP53085 5 years
I can't help but laugh... I know I am in for it myself but I couldn't help but chuckle. I think if you can't find the humor in these situations, you will go crazy.... (As long as you don't let the children see you laughing)
MoniqueJoseph10329 MoniqueJoseph10329 5 years
a day in the life lol i have 3 and not so young tho and I have some summer stories of my own lol
brandyharris99736 brandyharris99736 5 years
you know i have kids as well but mine are 3,6,10 and they still love doing such things and no matter what we do time out,taking toys for a while taking away tv n games n even grounding from friends...dont seem to do any good they still keep up the behavior n it drives me nuts
CoMMember13613654177149 CoMMember13613654177149 5 years
omg this article is so funny!
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