Welcome to this week’s True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches
This week’s subject is manners….
Eeek and I am talking about boys…yikes. Okay, here it goes. Let’s get the laughter out of the way!
I am going to let my 16 month old off the hook on this post. I am proud to say one of the few things he does say regularly is “thank you!” but really he is so young. Most of what Henry does best, is naturally impolite, yet, excusable by age. Henry adores his big brother and the two of them are definitely be a “team”.
Hayden on the other hand regularly discusses poop. Or butts. With anyone who will listen. He adds these words in any sentence he can. And (thanks to his father) when he umm…breaks wind… he blames it on his brother, or more recently, a frog. Or a frog in his butt.
We had to temporarily start a “butt ban”. Yep, we had to ask that he not use the word. Due to abuse of the word. The ban has been lifted. Now behinds and bodily functions are again the main topic of his 3 years old stand-up comedy routine.
I mentioned the conversation is with anyone who will listen. This was actually a slight overstatement. The one thing I am lucky about in this scenario, is the conversation (at least for now) usually A. is in our home and B. around people he is comfortable with. Except the time he insisted his grandpa take him to the potty at a family gathering- with the sheer purpose of “showing off his masterpiece” and announcing he had name it. ugh…..
I am not complaining, I am half laughing at this situation. Overall my boys, are really bright, healthy and good sports. However, this subject came to mind due a dinner we had recently in a restaurant. At the booth behind us sat a recognizable business owner, his wife, daughter and 3 older teen boys. I would guess the boys’ ages at 13, 15 and 17. As we finished our meal, the boys at the next table carried on talking about, and out doing each other by passing gas and belching. Not only was I grossed out, but on the ride home, I was fearful. Fearful one day- this would be my boys. I asked my husband if he and his brothers, while growing up, acted this way in public. He said no. Phew.
The only thing, I really insist is that my boys is to be polite, kind and to say “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me.” I hope my son’s fascination (borderline obsession at times) with bodily functions is a typical phase for a boys, or maybe toddlers, in general. The subject of appropriate conversations is something hard to explain to a 3 year old, but I am trying. In this house, I am out numbered by the male gender. I enjoy lots of everyday laughs about “the noise of boys” but I honestly pray everyday that I am raising future gentlemen.
Does your toddler find humor in these situations? How do you handle teaching manners in your household?
Next Thursday, we discuss the subject of manners with the girls from Home on Deranged. However you don’t have to wait…. visit Melissa today- I promise you will enjoy her tales of mayhem and more!