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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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Parenting books I could have used this week

The Baffling Child, or, Why He Finds The Word "Butt" So Endlessly Amusing

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen And Stop Saying "Butt" Already

Children Who Talk About Butts And The Parents Who Live With Them

Seriously, It's Like "Butt" Is The Only Word He Knows

Butts, Butts, Butts!: Giving Up and Joining In

"Butts" Was Only The Beginning: Coping With His Endless Medley of Fart Noises

Reader Comments (40)

This, after your last post about finding penis remarks on radio amusing? Hah!
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMR
Yes, butts...we are on "poop" now, poopie sandwich, poop this, poop that, poop face. He couldn't wait to tell the woman waiting to guide us to meet Santa that the reindeers were pooping on the roof of the mall.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
You know Butt is the gateway word...

Ass is next.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNancy King
Perfect. I think your son's clones were the little boys in my house this weekend, only thing was they added STINKY, SMELLY and HUGE to the repetoire. And suggested licking another person's butt might be fun if we weren't going to play the Sponge Bob game.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteranother good thing
You should go talk to Heather at, hasn't her daughter held a fascination with yelling the word POOP lately? ; )
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAssertagirl
We're a "poopy" household (with the occasional "butt", of course -- I feel it's important the kids learn the classics too) -- at least, we were until F. was told off for using "bathroom" words at school. On reflection, it was perhaps ill-advised to have told him that very morning that we were going to change his name to "Poopley".
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNotFace
Man. I could totally write all of those books right now. Except replace "he" with "she" since my daughter is the culprit in my home.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterZ
Ah, well, while driving with my toddler yesterday, I dropped the F bomb in surprise, and got a second surprise that a kid who can't say Nemo can say that other word with crystal clarity. Oops.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
My four-year-old (five this week) daughter had the butt phase a short while ago. She is now into the poop phase.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJMC
I twittered this this morning before I read your blog:"Listening to the 2-year-old giggle over repeated use of the word 'butt.'" So, yeah, I'm there with you.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
My five year old daughter has learned how to spell and write a few words. Guess what her favorite one is?
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNell
Sounds like he's primed and ready for the The Day My Butt Went Psycho books! My son wore them out when he was in that phase!
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKate
The word my four year old is currently obsessed with is "naked". That and getting naked. Last night he told me "Good night NAKED!" and laughed and laughed.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
When my girls were little I didn't allow the word "butt" to be used - boy, was that a futile battle! Now they're 12 and 14 and still find the word amusing.

In St. Louis we have a local food called "pork steak" which is simply a whole pork butt sliced into big slabs. I made the mistake of telling them this. So now it's "please pass the butt" and "you're not eating your butt, young lady!" I'm stupid.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersuecris
If you find any of those books and they include a section on "Poop and the kids that love to talk about it for hours", I would like a copy.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBig Mama
We're in the poop phase too with our three year old. We're trying to ignore it. It's not working.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichele
My daughter is currently a fan of the word butt also. We go shopping and her favorite part is when we are looking for butter. It becomes BUTT-er. Loudly. And then everything else gets a butt in front of it. Suddenly we are buying butt-bread and butt-milk. *sigh* Yeah. Shes four.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
I think you have yourself a project on your hands. Get to writing!
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPretty Lush
Ahhh, potty talk. I don't miss it.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercce
Is there a picture of Henry around here somewhere?
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterzoom!
Aw, we just grew out of the "butt" phase! Now it's all about the "poopy," which, I guess, is the obvious progression of things.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Oh gee. I guess my sister and brother in law have this to look forward. Note to self: Avoid nephew until...When do they stop this?
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDM
I had to laugh at this. Right now I'm working (term used loosely) at a public library, labeling books in The Day My Butt Went Psycho series.

It includes such memorable titles as Butt Wars, and the classic Zombie Butts from Uranus.

And the series is a best seller.

I shit you not.

(Shit. Butt. Haha. Oh, how badly I need more coffee...)
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoey
My kids enjoy doing Mad-Libs, but they need to work on their creativity. One can only use the words "butt, fart and poo" in so many forms: butting, farting, farty, pooie. Oh, and mutant wiener.
December 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeyJoe

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