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Okay, DD is 3 now, very verbal, and starting to explore people's reactions to "poop" words. "poopie pants" which I admit comes from me (when DS has poopie diapers, I say Poopie pants) boobies, stinky. As I'm writing these I'm realizing that these are all things that we say as family in relation to bodily functions, but now she's saying them in more public places and towards friends. Oh, and we had a "that girl has big bunnies" (meaning rear end) while in public. I find myself lamely saying "we don't use those words" which, obviously, we do, just not in that context. How do I explain that as a family we talk about our buns or toots or whatever, but we don't talk about other people's buns or toots. It's just so absract. I can already hear the "why's". Any grand ideas?<br>
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Well, this doesn't apply to everything, but at ds's preschool, when one of the kids starts saying "poopyhead" or something of that nature, the teachers tell the child that that is bathroom talk, and that they are more than welcome to continue the conversation in the bathroom. I thought that that made sense.<br><br>
As far as talking about other people's breasts or rear ends - some of it is going to just have to be chalked up to being with a 3yo and the embarassing things they say sometimes. In other instances it may be appropriate to explain that sometimes peoples' feelings get hurt when other people talk about their bodies.<br><br>
Of course, I haven't actually experienced this yet (for some reason ds1 has yet to comment about other people's bodies), so this is just all a guess!
 

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my dd is really interested in poop. She'll be 3 in August. She made it her job to go around the yard and find all of the dog poop so that daddy knows where to scoop when he comes home. She always wants you to come look too. If I poop, she wants to look at it in the toilet. She wants to see her poop and her brother's poop in the diapers. She won't poop in the potty for whatever reason. I just think she's trying to figure it all out. Who knows? I figure she'll just grow out of it.<br>
As for commenting about other people... I think she'd be able to understand that it might hurt someone's feelings. She can understand that she can't pick her nose in the restaurant but she can pick it in her room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> So I think kids get that they can do some things only in certain instances and not others.
 
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