Lessons in Fabulosity #2: POOP OBSESSIONS
When your child – the child that loves rainbows, and dresses, and necklaces, and all things bright and sparkly – suddenly wants to talk 24/7 about poop and eating it and throwing it…
Well, it’s a poopy situation.
But part of being a fabulous mom, is embracing kids with all their good, bad and disgustingness. So here I am, mom of three little girls, embracing poop.
I let them talk about poop, ask questions about poop, excitedly invite each other to the restroom to examine each other’s poop, and laugh hysterically every time they say the word poop.
The only problem is, that society does not embrace poop.
To these prims and propers of society, I would like to say:
Flush your prissiness down the drain and get on board the poo poo train. Kids are only kids once. Let them be little! That also includes letting them be a little….gross.
I’m not advocating that you let your kids run buck wild at the office holiday party screaming poop. The way I’ve handled this obsession is that we have laid down some ground rules. Poop is really funny, but it’s not funny to everybody. Things we do in the bathroom are private and a little gross, so we aren’t supposed to talk about it to other people. But, we can talk about it and laugh about it at home if you want. It is not appropriate to discuss poop at school, with other friends or adults, or anywhere in public. Poop is our funny secret.
Then seal the deal with a secret handshake and you’re in business.
And if they accidentally breach the contract and mention the word in front of others, instead of getting angry or overly embarrassed, just take it in stride. Kids will catch on eventually to what’s appropriate in society. And they will also find something new to obsess over soon too. No need to get all worked up over this.
So take it day by day and just enjoy their innocence; and the weirdness that often comes along with it.