The other day, one of the boys called the other one Poopyhead (a favorite name of one of their fellow preschoolers). I'd had enough of the shenanigans for the day so I stepped in. I followed the advice of a friend of mine who suggested on Facebook that a good way to remedy this problem is by, what I'll call, a Party in the Potty. This is how it went down:
I got all of my boys into one bathroom together, closed the door, and let them have at it. I told them anything potty-related could roll off their tongues without getting into any trouble. Suddenly, outbursts of anything having to do with butts, poop, pee, etc. started flying through the air like July 4th Fireworks. I told them NOT to even think of coming out until they were done. At first, they laughed uncontrollably, as they yelled...BUTTHEAD, POOPYHEAD, POOPYPANTS, PEEPEE, DOODOOHEAD, FART, POO, etc. The little ones repeated whatever the other said, and they pretty much laughed as they yelled the same several words over and over again. The laughter continued for another few minutes and then...it happened. They were asking if they could come out because it wasn't fun anymore. Mission accomplished! Give them Carte Blanche on Sewage Verbiage and they quickly maxed out their credit limit and wanted to cancel their account. Give them what they think they can't have and they'll quickly discard it with yesterday's toys. Thank you FB friend for your brilliant advice.
If you have this problem with potty mouths and want my advice, here's what I'd do...
*Keep Calm and Stop Laughing: I'm sure that your first instinct is to crack up, high five your spouse and make jokes. This gives them the attention they crave and the laughs they thrive on. Try to stay cool and give them little reaction.
*Divert Divert Divert! "Would you like a cookie?" Usually works for me. I'm Greek - when in doubt, I offer food. Don't judge.
*Use Shameless Tactics: "I think a new episode of Ninjago is on! Want to watch it!?" or "Mommy would really like to learn that new Wii game you guys love, want to show me how to play it?" That should change the poopyhead name calling to instant friendship, camaraderie and excitement over a video game!
*Suggest alternatives: "Don't call your brother poopyhead..why don't you try something more fun like 'Gummyworm Breath' or 'Supermanhead' ? " The less these alternatives make sense, the funnier they are. You will find that your children won't opt for the foolishness of these names and lose interest quickly, thus returning to their previously scheduled activity.
*If all else fails, try the Potty Party. It could last anywhere from one minute to one hour - but you'll see that it tires quickly.
|Rememember that God awful song "Don't be Tardy for the Party" by Kim from the Real Housewives of Atlanta? I have her to thank for the title of this post.|
Whatever works for you, just know that every mom, child, parent, goes through it...it's all part of growing up.
Until next time,
~DG (aka Queen of the Doodooheads)