Toilet humour – number 2!

6:13 am
games, kids, toilet training

I know this is the one you’ve all been waiting for.  It’s often the one my boys have been waiting for… if you see what I mean! There’s no holds barred, so if you are even slightly prudish, then don’t read on. You will be offended!

My approach to this has always been an open door policy. By that I mean the boys will ask if I’m doing a poo and if they can see it. Now I know this sounds vile, but it helps them to understand that it’s perfectly natural and we all do it, particularly if they have a phobia about it. So then we have a couple of tricks to get the troublesome item out –

1. As recommended by Grandme, a good old rub of the knees to try and encourage it out.

2. As recommended by me, we listen to see if we can hear their bottom ‘creaking’ – the sound the poo makes as it’s making it’s entrance (I told you this is not for the faint hearted!)

3. Show them how much quicker it is to do the business on the toilet/potty rather than soiling themselves, therefore they have more time to play – a stopwatch works well with older children to indicate the difference.

4. If they manage to do something, have a look and try and describe it. I know this sounds weird, but it is quite amusing and helps to de-stigmatise it. Rabbit droppings, like raisins, logs, a snake – and magic (when it disappears round the u-bend as it’s so big!) are all things my boys have come up with.

But most of all, try not to let it get to you. Now I know this is much easier said than done. 5 pairs of soiled pants in one day is the record in our household – my colleagues even used to have a guess every day in an attempt to bring some humour to my seemingly never ending situation. It did come in the end, but I was at hair pulling out stage by then (that’s usually when it does all click for them). Oh, and don’t forget, you’ve always got bribery – find out what they would really like (not too expensive!) and work towards it – a sticker every poo or day without an accident, some small treat after a week, and work up to the big one. Anyone in business knows bribery and corruption rule!

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