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18 September 2008

Fighting a Losing Battle??

boy and girl have conversation (with interjections from Mom) while using stuffed animal arms and legs like bazookas -

boy: Pretend he's shooting poo at you!
girl: Yeah! Hahaha! Poo and pee!
Me: Gross guys. No potty talk.
boy: Ok, pretend he's shooting throw-up...
Me: No, what if he shoots like... jello? Like in the Snoodles Tale. Remember in the Snoo...
boy: Noooo. What about fire?
girl: Ok! (with great big smile across her lips)
boy: What about firecrackers?!
me: How about something nicer - like water balloons??!!
boy: OKAY!! I'm gonna shoot water balloons at you - and pretend you're allergic to water and it pops on your face!

As much resistance as I put up, that whole conversation makes me chuckle. Honestly though, I have no idea how much violence is too much. Where to draw the line. Clearly they see my suggestions as "aww Mooom, that's so boring!" And what they're suggesting is not awful. It's gross, but it's not in the same caliber to me as saying, 'I'm gonna kill you', which we don't allow. If I had all boys I probably wouldn't make such an issue about all the grossness and shooting and whatnot because it's the nature of boys, I think. (Am I wrong there?) But what we have here is a girl sandwich. A girl smack in the middle of two boys. Does that change the rules?? What do you think? What would you do?

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Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I can't help here...anything having to deal with any sort of bodily fluid is like the funniest thing ever to my boys. It drives me nuts!

I can't find the line either :)

Tonja said...

uhhh...

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh man, that is funny! Especially water-balloon-allergic comment. :) I see your point, but like you said, nothing they are saying is flat-out horrible. Just gross. I'm thinking sweet Sugarhead will find her way as she gets a little older and starts hanging out with other girls at school, etc. I had 3 very gross brothers and I turned out into somewhat of a lady, so it's all good. :)

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I'm kinda with Tonja on this one:

uhhh...

I have 3 boys, so Star Wars and Grossology are their favorite shows; boogers and hineys are their fave topics of discussion, and belching and flatulence are their fave sound effects.

I'm not much help.

I do feel your pain, though. Because I did NOT teach them ANY of this stuff. :-)

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Regular, with half and half and raw sugar said...

Aren't you glad you blog so you can remember that conversation forever!!!