Mommy Moments: Poop in Prayer

It’s bedtime. Freshly bathed, smelling like Johnson’s baby shampoo, my daughter is snuggled close to me. We’ve read a story and now it’s time for our prayers. I cherish these special moments where we thank God for all He has given us and done for us throughout the day. Usually we thank God for all the people we love and care for, but on this particular night, Monkey decides to give thanks for something unexpected.

“Anything else you want to talk to God about?” I ask my soon-to-be four-year-old.
“Uh…yeah! Thank you God for poop!” Monkey explodes into a fit of giggles.
“Poop?” I ask in shock. Hearing the word ‘poop’ was surprising, and in my opinion, completely inappropriate.
“And pee!” She adds before collapsing into another giggle fit.

Stunned, I pray silently for a way to handle this situation, which is quickly getting out of my control. I don’t want our peaceful prayer time to degenerate into potty talk! Calmly, I say, “You’re right. Thank you God for poop and pee because if we didn’t poop and pee we would be really sick.”
“Thank you God for poop!” Monkey once more exclaims, but only lets out a small giggle.
She settles down once more and I’m able to close our prayer time with a whispered, “Amen.”

Have you ever been in this situation? How did you handle it? And please, someone tell me that potty talk is just a phase!

3 thoughts on “Mommy Moments: Poop in Prayer

  1. No advice, but I really hope potty talk is just a phase as well… N. has been at it for the past month and I really don’t know how to handle it.

  2. I think it sounds like you handled it just right! It is so important for kids to know it is ok to discuss bodies in a productive way, which you did by saying that yes, it is important because it keeps us healthy.

    Imo, the more emphasis of the potty talk on the actual reasons and science behind it, the less power it has over the giggles or name-calling!

    Rather than making a big deal of it, which would tell her that she can use it to push buttons, or feed into the silliness, you brought the words back to their true meaning.

    And yes, Monkey, thank God for poop and pee. 😉

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