What should I do about bathroom language?

“Billy, what are you going to be for Halloween?” asks Jane.”

“Doo doo face,” says Billy, and both children laugh.

Young children think it’s funny to say such words as “doo doo,” “pee pee,” “boobies,” and “butt.” The words are not quite “bad,” but to children they have their power. They use bathroom language when they feel silly or need a quick way to be funny and make their friends laugh. The words also provide a way of releasing tension and getting attention. A child might use bathroom words more than usual when there’s a new baby in her family, when she’s unhappy in day care or school, or when she wants the attention of a friend who’s playing with someone else. Using these words often does bring a child instant attention from adults and friends.

Different parents have different reactions to bathroom language. Some just shrug their shoulders and ignore the words. Others are annoyed or embarrassed and wonder where their child learned such language. They worry that she will be reprimanded by a teacher or caregiver, and wonder if her use of bathroom language is a reflection on their parenting.

You should feel reassured to know that all children use bathroom words, which they hear and repeat on the playground. It’s almost impossible to delete the words from your child’s vocabulary. The best you can do is set limits by saying, “I don’t want you to talk that way in the house,” or simply, “I don’t want to listen to you using those words.” But don’t dwell on the fact that she’s using bathroom language. This is just normal preschool silliness.

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