Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Northern Virginia
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I would ignore the weird voice. Or say "I'm sorry, I don't understand/like this voice. Please say it in your regular voice and it will be easier for me to respond." Then ignore him til he uses a regular voice. If he's doing the voice to get a rise out of you, he won't get the response he wants so I imagine the behavior would lessen. I did this with whineyness. The kids learned pretty quickly to ask for things nicely in their regular voice and I would be much more likely to respond. I am really good at ignoring, though. I mean, they'd be jumping in front of me whining and I'd look up, or turn around and do something else. Sometimes I would say to no one in particular "Wow. I hear a really whiney voice. I simply can't understand it. I wish they'd use a different voice so I could understand." It seemed to work and I never got all vested in their emotions and in some sort of power struggle over using a certain voice.
For potty talk, I kind of agree with AAK. I mean, it can be really funny! But the kids all went through phases of thinking it was hilarious to belt out potty words. That wasn't as funny. So we all decided that when that happens, they should put those potty words where potty stuff goes- in the bathroom. So they would feel that urge and, without a reminder from me, they would run to the bathroom, shut the door and I'd hear them screaming out "BUTTBUTTPOOPYPOOPINMYPANTSBUTT!" and then they'd all just die laughing. and they'd get it out of their systems and come back and be able to, I dunno, sit at the dinner table and eat with us. heehee... They also became more savvy about what I didn't think was funny and what was bathroom talk. They could tell me some silly fart jokes at certain times, but not in a public restaurant... or in the company of certain people. And we would joke about silly bathroom related stories when they were babies (stories of them having leaky diapers in public when I was embarrassed are such a huge hit with them. heh). But I am far less likely to think that just saying random words is funny.
They did this for a while. They've grown out of it now, though.. so it does become less with time!
Married, part time work from home mom to DS (13 and homeschooling), DD1 (11) and DD2 (9) and a giant dopey newfoundland, a crazy border collie mix, 3 black cats and a cute rat.