I Canâ€™t Correct My Nieces’ Potty Mouths Because They’re Just Too Funny
I find myself getting in a lot of trouble these days. Every time my nieces open their mouths with some sort of â€œpotty talk,â€ I cannot help but laugh and get immediately called out on it. Whether itâ€™s the 5-year-old talking about her â€œvagina cheeksâ€ or my 2-year-old niece getting in trouble for saying â€œstinky buttâ€ at school, I am unable to keep a straight face. I know Iâ€™m supposed to correct them and make sure they know that those words are inappropriate, but I just find it so funny.
Their comedic timing is on point. Also, Iâ€™m a little confused as to which words should be taboo. Is “butt hole” really that bad of a word? I think “vagina cheeks” is actually quite clever. I never thought of them that way.
I am aware that my laughing is not helping their parents when it comes to getting them to stop. I do reprimand my nieces on the rare occasion they say something not so nice about someone else in public. Such as, â€œlook how fat that lady is.â€
They are the sweetest girls so I know they aren’t really trying to be mean — but more trying to see what my reaction will be. But when it comes to being in the comfort of their own home, and talking about what goes on in the bathroom, I donâ€™t find it all that bad.
I know talking about body parts and bathroom functions is a stage that most kids go through and eventually outgrow. But I apparently havenâ€™t completely outgrown potty humor. I still canâ€™t hear the word “fart” without laughing.
My nieces call farting â€œpumpingâ€ as in pumping gas. Itâ€™s absolutely adorable. Especially when they ask each other â€œDid you pump?â€ Itâ€™s also good for when weâ€™re in public. It keeps people from being aware of what they are actually talking about.
Theyâ€™ve also made up a song called â€œAmerican Armpitsâ€ which, I believe if given some publicity, would be a hit.
I often find that I revert back to my 12-year-old self when Iâ€™m around them. Whether itâ€™s playing on the swing set or having a dance party. I enjoy being a â€œfunâ€ aunt. I do have to try to find the balance of being the friend and the disciplinarian. On the rare occasion, I am successful.
I was babysitting for them recently and while I was able to get the 2-year-old to bed without incident, I kept hearing laughing coming from the bedroom that my 8- and 5-year-old nieces share. I walked in and was told by my eldest niece that her younger sister was being crazy and keeping her up.
I looked at my niece and said “please be quiet and go to sleep. You are going to wake your sister up.”
She looked at me and said, â€œOK, Mrs. Long Boobs.â€
I was proud that I was able to wait until I walked out of the room and got downstairs before bursting out laughing.
My brother and sister-in-law also have the moments when they canâ€™t help but laugh. But for the most part, they tell them that thatâ€™s not a nice way to speak and to stop. I guess if I was with them everyday, I would surely get sick of all the bathroom and body part humor.
I do understand that my laughing is just encouraging them to continue and therefore not helping the situation. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™m working on. Right now I just need to try to hold back the laughs. Like the next time one of them moons me, Iâ€™ll try to think of something that makes me angry or sad so they donâ€™t see me crack a smile.
So as of right now Mrs. Long Boobs is going to take this opportunity to work on her poker face.
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