Yes, that’s the title of this blog post and it will all make sense when you read further, I promise, I haven’t lost the plot and taken to talking like a pre school child with potty mouth…
However, that is what this post is about.
Small Boy is going through that delightful stage where he finds it hysterical to drop certain words into conversations or just randomly. Poo, wee, fart, willy, bottom are all firm favourites and he also has mastered the art of fake burping like a man who has had 10 pints of beer and a large curry and needs to burp it all out (he has NOT, I assure you learned that from me or LSH) and he uses this skill whenever, and where ever he can, at home, at meals, in public and of course thinks its hilarious to drop burp bombs at any given moment, (interestingly, not at nursery or at his lovely child-minder’s house, though)
Yesterday he let rip like what I can only describe as a gigantic toad like burp, in Starbucks, and whilst the people next to me laughed, the old lady at the other table looked most disapproving and told him off, which only made him do it more. Cue us finishing drinks and me slinking out, burping child in tow, slightly embarrassed.
It’s driving me mad. It’s not funny any more, and I know he does it because it gets a reaction, so we have of course tried to stop reacting, but actually, the burping is not attractive, and when he has produced 3 0r 4 of these burps while we are trying to eat, then gets silly, starts laughing and messing around, and stops eating, or distracts his sister, it’s not very pleasant for meal times. We have started making him get down from the table, if he continues, but that seems to have little or no effect.
The potty mouth talk, is also frustrating and a bit boring frankly. When I ask him what he wants with his pasta and get “poo” or whatever, and then he and his sister pack up laughing and starting getting silly, I do wonder if working in a nice quiet office, where there is no toilet talk, would be a better option.
I know it’s a phase, and it will pass, but WHEN?? How do you deal with this stage, what do you do? Just ignore, don’t react? Adopt the “can’t beat them, join them mantra” and make a game out of it? Do you intervene and enforce some sort of discipline when it gets beyond a certain limit?
Send SuperNanny now? I would love to hear some thoughts on this, feel free to chime in, but I don’t want to hear “poo, fart, wee, willy” or a gigantic burp…. 😉
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