What Is It with Boys and Poo?

Updated on January 29, 2013
F.B. asks from Kew Gardens, NY
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Mamas & Papas-

Never been an especially prissy/ delicate girl, but I draw the line at poo. Seriously, my hubs could carry on and snicker at poo and fart talk all day, and needs reminding that I really don't care for it. When we found out that we were having a boy, I told hubs congrats because he would have someone at home to share the poo talk with. Lo and behold, hubs has taught DS to say "a poo" and DS thinks it is absolutely hilarious.

Hey, its good, practical vocab, and a stepping stone towards potty training, but my softer side is a little nonplussed with this newfound bonding.

If my husband is any indicator, DS may one day learn to curb his discussion of poo in polite company, but will never shed his enthusiasm for the topic. Is this true in your household?

F. B.

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The send a flower function doesn't seem to be working. If it were I'd send flowers to you all. I guess, I've got many years of this and other appealing antics to look forward to.

Best to all,
F. B.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Thank you for the laugh and letting me know I'm not alone in this! I don't get it either and I am in a house full of boys.



answers from Washington DC on

yeah, my 4 year old boy is loving some potty words! We have been able to narrow it down a bit - he knows he is only supposed to use potty words in the bathroom. Sooo... we were in the bathroom the other day and he was in the tub and told me, did you know I have a butthole? I say, oh really? He says yes, its in the middle of my butt. Its a hole. I start to remind him about potty words, but we ARE in the bathroom you know. So I change tactics - I dont like the word butt hole. Its a gross word. So I tell him that. The look on his face when I said the word butthole to him was absolutely priceless. He was trying not to laugh and had this look of amazement and laughter on his face. I almost said it a few more times just for fun, but I refrained ;0)

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answers from Dallas on

My girls are just as bad about the bathroom humor as any boy. I think it's a maturity thing more than it is a 'boy' thing.

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answers from Columbia on

It's normal. And can make for some really funny conversations, honestly. If you want to hear an 8 year old laugh uncontrollably bust out with a fart joke.


Of course, they have to know that there's a time and place for everything. And we have to teach them.

Good luck holding back a laugh or snicker when your little one lets one rip and then belly laughs.

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answers from Milwaukee on

i would much rather be in a room of little boys than a room of little girls. i'm not the prissy type or the crude type either but i do have to agree with christy lee...and now you have someone else to blame if you "accidently" let one go!!!

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answers from Chicago on

Imagine having a burping, farting husband and 3 boys in the deepest pits of potty-talk. Yeah, and they wonder why I drink. ;-)

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answers from Seattle on

Not just a boy thing.

- Ephie, mom of two girls

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answers from Santa Fe on

My daughter thinks poo talk/jokes are hilarious so I guess it is not just for boys!

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answers from Cincinnati on

It's my four year old's favorite word...Poop, oh and butt. He also like arm pit! LOL boys! :)



answers from New York on

This is my literate, though not exceptionally mature, son in a nutshell:

"Mommy, Mommy, Mommy! Mommy, guess what! 'Poop' is a palindrome!"

No explanation, though; sorry ;)



answers from Nashville on

Yep, my boys get a kick out of poop...the smell of it, the act of doing it, running around in it, making fun of you when you do it....total poopamaniacs....like you don't know what it is about it that's so interesting...



answers from Portland on

Yep, it's true in my household, with my darling husband, now officially a senior citizen. And it's sorta true at my daughter's house, though it's more likely to be her and her 7yo son bonding over poo, "sounds," and smells. There it's Dad who is more likely to change the subject. ;-)



answers from Los Angeles on

if you can't beat them, join them! i use it to my advantage. if they don't hold in their farts, why should i? ;p



answers from St. Louis on

actually, I have found that girls are totally the Queens of Poop.

In 25+ years, the only babies who've played with their poop, smeared it, eaten it, etc......every single one has been a girl.

Sooo, maybe in your world, boys rule the Poop Kingdom.....but in mine, not only do girls talk the talk, but they walk the walk too. Nothing grosser than a beautiful baby covered in her own feces....& the crib....& the walls.

Oh, & now that I think about it.....girls & poop goes back generations!



answers from Redding on

Well, I'm a pretty proper gal, raised to be lady-like and all that.
All I can say is that with boys, things will get worse before they get better.

By virtue of having a son and being around his little friends all the time, at around 10 or 11, they REALLY become quite fascinated with bathroom humor. Poop, gas, belching. The dreaded armpit farts. I don't know why, but they go through a time where these things are the most hilarious stuff they can possibly think of. I often had a house full of little boys who thought it was great fun to have bodily noises contests.

My son is 17 now and knows how to behave properly in public and social situations. However, every now and then, he lets one rip when it's just me and him. I tell him, "Not feeling the love so much, honey. Should I make you carry Febreeze around in your pocket?"

I'm sure when he gets a girlfriend, the silliness will wear off. I keep telling him most women aren't really impressed by butt air.

It's definitely a process.

Best wishes.


answers from Los Angeles on

No, not all boys and men are like this!

My husband and I (thankfully) are on the same page with 'potty talk'...neither of us like it or find it funny in the least! There are NO potty jokes or anything of that nature in my house, I think it's GROSS!

Mom/Auntie to 6 boys and 1 girl!

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