Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eastern Washington
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The way we handled "the voice" was exactly as you described. We said we couldn't understand that voice. If it persisted, I would completely ignore it or I would leave the room. Sometimes, I figured they were bored so I would find them something to do. . . Look's like you are bored, go grab the towels out of the dryer and help mom fold them (or something similar). It wasn't punishment, it was a regular job, but usually they seemed to understand that I wasn't the right playmate for the annoying voice. The girls quickly figured out that I wasn't bothered by them playing with silly voices, but that there was a time and place for it.
Potty talk was harder. Partly because potty humor can (sometimes) be funny. However, when a 6 yr old gets into potty humor, it can be above and beyond humor. I was really strict about it when we had company or during mealtimes, etc. If they didn't respond to "not appropriate right now", they would have to go somewhere else. Otherwise, I generally acknowledged that it can be funny sometimes, but they needed to learn that it wasn't funny all the time. We talked about when it could be funny (playing with friends) and when it was not ever funny (church, etc). We also talked about a little is enough. That helped. When it was overwhelming, I would say "mommy's had enough potty talk today, find another place to be if you need to talk like that." If friends were over, they usually ran outside to play. If not, it wasn't much fun to talk like that if no one would listen.
Btw: yes, totally normal on both counts.
Mom to three very active girls Anna (15), Kayla (12), Maya (9).