We are talking a lot these days with Lukas about appropriate language and the use of so called 'Potty Talk'. In our house, this talk creeps up at inappropriate times, such as at the dinner table.
It should come as a surprise to no one that he is using terms such as poopy-poopy head, stinky fart butt, and penis pants in his excited conversations. After all, he is 6 years old, in a first grade class consisting of 75% boys, and reading a lot of Captain Underpants books these days.
Yeah, Captain Underpants. If you haven't heard of the series, they are actually pretty funny early reading books - but the protagonists, 2 third grade boys are, ahem, highly inappropriate in their actions.
We have had a number of conversations with Lukas recently about what words are okay to say out loud, and when. But it seems like we have been fighting a losing battle. And when we got word a couple of days ago that he had to spend some quality alone time from class for shouting out some potty talk during quiet time Mrs. LIAYF and I decided it was time to level a bit stronger punishment to get the point across.
No Captain Underpants books for 2 weeks! BOOM!!
Of course this met with a look of extreme disappointment from our son. But really, and this is part of our dilemma, he wasn't too devastated by this. He gets over disappointment quickly. It's his personality, and will probably serve him well throughout his life. It's not exactly easy to discipline a boy with this attitude though.
The two week length was an attempt to give it more weight, so we'll see how it goes.
That being said, here's a word of advice to any other parents out there facing a similar situation with their young kids. Try NOT to find related topics funny.
For example, a couple of nights ago after having one such long conversation with our son, I took him up to bed and had him pull out a book to read to me, as part of his nightly routine. He is getting extra reading time in each evening. On this particular night I had him pull out a book of his choosing. He picked a title we had recently picked up used.
I knew it was used because there was a name written in Sharpie on the back. Lukas studied it, then.....busted out laughing.
Apparently the book most recently belonged to someone with the last name....wait for it....Weaner.
Sounds like Wiener.
I couldn't help it, I laughed too. I tried to hold back, but Lukas picked up on that and that made him laugh even more. "That's NOT funny!" I tried to tell him. But it was no use.
It was not only funny, but ironic too.
"Why is the word wiener even funny?" Mrs. LIAYF asked me in all seriousness tonight, after Lukas had gone to bed. I just laughed.
"Because, it is." was all I could come up with. "Because it is."