Thursday, November 15, 2007

My failure as a parent: Part one in a series

Monkeyrotica sent me a link to an article about a Taipei restaurant that caters to diners who think potty humor is hilarious. Both our girls would probably love it. Thea especially thinks poop and butts are funny. Most of our friends discourage their kids from the butt-talk, but I have to admit, I don't really care. I try to tell Thea that she shouldn't make poop jokes to her friends at school if her teachers tell her not to, and it's rude to force your bathroom humor on people who are offended or don't want to hear it. But when we're home, Todd and I are fine with the pre-school version of cursing.

Should I care more? Honestly, I just can't work up any enthusiasm for the subject. This is just a phase every kid goes through, right?


nylonthread said...

Yr a poop-head! hahahaha! heeheheheheeh! giggle-giggle!

It's hilarious when Thea, Rosie, and Lila get together for a scat chat.


I agree that mild discussions about appropriateness are enough for this age, really.

Kelly O said...



"Scat chat": perfect.

MB said...

I thought I was really a teenaged boy because I love farting humor. I don't usually discourage it but I do talk about appropriateness. And then I try to rip a big one.

Kelly O said...

*spit take*

Well done, MB, well done!!

Patois said...

We're so into that crap here. Except my husband isn't, so we don't do it around him. Teaching the kids the difference in when and when not to!

monkeyrotica said...

I wouldn't worry too much about it. This really is only a phase. I've been going through it for about 40 years.

You can whip me all you want, white devils, but you can't take my juvenile fart/pee humor!

Q: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
A: Dunnnnnnnnnnng!

grandma said...

"Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts...."

I had a request to remove "Once upon a potty" from the library stacks because some first grader checked it out, got together with her friends on the bus home and they GIGGLED!!!

Ummmm, okay for 2 year olds but 7 year olds are too immature?

sher said...

you mean it's a phase? i thought it was just a type of humor. south park even had a talking dookie, mr. hanky. and i must confess, he makes me laugh to this day. oh, and don't forget that fateful moment in Caddyshack: "dookie in pool!!!"

anyone who has a serious issue with little kids experiencing potty humor is a poopyhead ;-)

Kelly O said...

I know, sometimes it's really tiresome. But I figure, how are the kids going to develop their senses of humor unless we just kind of let them go with it? So, "You're a poop-head": not so funny. "This soup will soon be poop": getting better!

monkeyrotica said...

Not to start flinging poo, but Mr. Hanky is a blatant ripoff of John Kricfalusi's character Nutty the Friendly Dump.

But I digest...

sher said...

every day, i learn something new, courtesy of my friend the monkey :)

yep. let's just let them rip (bahaha). i mean, what else will little kids laugh about -- politics?

monkeyrotica said...

I have to dig up this great photo Al took of some bridge graffitti up in Baltimore. It said:

fart on your head


eat your momma

poopy pants

The words of the prophets are written on the bride abutments.

Kaleigh said...

The potty stuff abates. Mostly. Unless mommy encourages it.

Guilty as charged.

Even Madonna wrote a poem that included the line, "To fart, to fart, 'tis no disgrace." Awesomeness.

dawn224 said...

I think teaching that there is a time and a place for everything is totally the way to go.

And that even though farts are ALWAYS funny, it's usually good to try to not laugh at them and embarrass someone.