Kids and Their Potty Jokes
Why do they love gross words?
My 4-year-old daughter and my 7-year-old son are putting on a concert in the living room, and since my husband’s at work, I’m the only one in the privileged audience. Strumming their toy guitars, they belt out selections from their catalog of hits: “I’ve Been Pooping on the Railroad,” “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Butt” and “We’re Off to See the Fart.” For an encore, they tackle a more sophisticated number from Beauty and the Beast: “No one’s slick as Gaston! No one’s quick as Gaston! I like to poop and fart and pee in my diaper…” With every naughty lyric, they double over laughing and start all over again.
Is this how the Jonas Brothers got started?
Even as I try to discourage the potty talk – “Great concert! Let’s do something else now!” – I know I can’t get too outraged. Back in the day, I did more than my share of giggling over songs about smushed meatballs, worms in body parts and boogers. (All together now: “Comet! It makes your teeth turn green! Comet! It keeps your toilet clean! Comet! It makes you vomit! So get some Comet and vomit today!”)
Let’s face it: Toilet humor has been around a lot longer than toilets themselves. Can’t you just see Cave Mom telling her little Cro-Magnons to stop calling each other “mammoth fart”? Even Shakespeare snickered into his quill as he slipped scatological language into his plays. It just sounds better coming from him. (“I do smell all horse-piss, at which my nose is in great indignation” – now that’s poetry!)
The experts say it’s all about the thrill of the forbidden – ashamed of our waste, we bury it both from sight and from our vocabulary – combined with children’s need for attention. Saying “doo-doo head” not only gives kids a little adrenaline rush, it also gets Mom to stop vacuuming or talking to her friends. It’s a twofer.