Originally Posted by rabbitmum
I don't actually have any experience with the situation you are describing, but I'm thinking that maybe you just need to be very "ordinary" about poo for a while - like taking him with you to the bathroom when you're having a poo yourself, etc. - or just leaving the door open when you're going to the bathroom? I don't know, maybe you're already doing that.
I don't know if you are ok with poo jokes and the general poo talk that kids that age usually love? Maybe it would be good to be completely relaxed around everything to do with poo for some time... laugh at his poo and fart jokes etc. Of course, you might be doing that already, too!
In situations that are "locked" I usually think it's a good idea to let it go for a while, and not talk about it. But that might be easier said than done in this case, of course.
Sorry, I'm not much help.
Good luck anyway!
Good advice... we're doing all of that already, though.
When he gets sad I also point out how EVERYBODY poops and name all of his favorite people and animals who poop. And as I'm changing him I usually talk about how nice it feels once you've pooped, it makes your tummy feel better, etc.
Last night, for the first time in a long time, he actually told us he pooped instead of denying it.
I think letting it go completely for a while may be key. I don't want him to feel pressured into it either, because we're SO! ENTHUSIASTIC! ABOUT POOPING! , you know?
Originally Posted by kcparker
Can you talk to him about poop being, not bad or dirty, but just a by-product of our body getting the energy and nutrients that it needs to function well...something along the lines of we peel a banana, eat the banana and compost the skin, and then our body takes the little bits of banana, and extracts the vitamins and minerals and energy from it, and there's still some 'packaging' left over, and that's what poop is, just the bits that our bodies could not find a use for.
Really, it is kind of amazing that our bodies can take a banana or a bagel or a bunch of peanuts, physically and chemically break them down to get the building blocks we need for bone, muscle, brain cells, and energy to move all that around. Maybe you can find a kid-friendly anatomy book like this?
about how the digestive process works, and he can go from being grossed out by poop to excited about how his body takes care of itself.
This is all good, but I'll have to find a way to make it compresensible to a 2.5-year-old mind. I like the idea of an anatomy book that shows what happens to the food, especially since DS is very interested in machinery and how things work.