Gross Talk

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

We are on spring break here this week, so things are a bit slow. I'm loving it. If this is a preview of summer, I can't wait. Oh sure, the boys fuss and fight over shiny "gold" Legos and the ridiculous Chima instructions (Chima - really? Who thinks of this stuff?), but mostly they are at a magical age that is a lot of fun. 

They (obviously) like to make faces, and, like most males who can speak, they love to say disgusting things. Not long ago, as we were driving to Target, I got tired of saying, "No potty words! Stop saying that!" In fact, a little bit of testosterone must have rubbed off on me, because I started laughing and decided to shock the boys by joining in, "Booger brain!" I exclaimed. 

They cackled. They loved it.

I went all out, "Snot-eyes blood monster! Ear wax head! Puke chicken!" The hysteria was, well, hysterical. As we pulled into the parking lot, I said, "Okay, we all get three more, then that's it. The end of Gross Talk. I don't want to hear any more gross talk until I say it's okay for us to do Gross Talk again. If you say gross words when it's not Gross Talk time, we won't ever do this again."


My husband still can't believe what comes out of my mouth, but I tell you, joining in, and putting boundaries around it, works. If they forget, and start saying disgusting things, I'll remind them, "It's not Gross Talk time . . . " Then they'll ask for it, and if we are some place appropriate (i.e. private) we'll all let loose. If not, then they have to wait - but the wait is worth it. Often, the boys will ask me to cuddle with them at the end of the night, "Can we do Gross Talk now, Mommy?"

"Of course, my disgusting goober ball worm head."

Their laughter is a great way to end the night.

Booger brain.

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8 Responses to “Gross Talk”

  1. I wonder if this will work with husbands? Hm... :)

    I think I'd fall to the floor if I heard you call someone a booger brain, by the way...

  3. Wonderful! And what a great way to have fun with a couple of boys!

  4. Very clever!!

    I don't really have this issue with my 8-year-old son. Maybe he has a natural dignity, but I give the credit to his preschool, which had a firm policy on "things we only talk about in the bathroom." At that age he would sometimes literally step into the bathroom just to say, "Poop!" and giggle and then come back.

  5. LOL I just love boys and having more than one OH YEAAAA we hear it all:) Your such a good mommy!

  6. This is great! I'm glad my boys aren't the only ones! :) I like your idea as well. I might have to try it with mine.