Chocolate or Poop?

May 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

Don’t deny it, you’ve all had a moment just like it. When you discover a brown smear left behind by one of your children and you really can’t be sure which it is…chocolate or poop. Smelling it isn’t appealing and tasting it is out of the question. You don’t know where it came from, but you know your response is necessary.

I marvel at how many times in my parenting life I come across a situation with one of my kids for which this serves as the perfect metaphor:

  1. There is a troublesome behaviour/situation your children have exposed you to, aka. brown smear
  2. You aren’t sure if it’s a just a phase or something you need to nip in the bud (chocolate or poop?)
  3. You don’t know where the behaviour came from, but you know some sort of response from you is necessary

Let’s see if you can spot the difference in the following scenarios (completely hypothetical, of course 😉 ):

  1. Your 5 year old has decided that aside from chicken nuggets and fries, the only acceptable dinner option is a peanut butter sandwich. Chocolate or Poop?
  2. Your 10 year old has decided that bedtime means being *in* bed, but it is okay to read for another hour or two till he gets tired.  Chocolate or Poop?
  3. Your 3 year old feels empowered by choosing their own clothes to wear each day, but they are nowhere near matching. Chocolate or Poop?
  4. Your 8 year old hoards all cherished items in her bed like a sanctuary and sleeps among them each night. Chocolate or Poop?

Share your responses in the comment section below and let’s see what measuring stick we can come up with for distinguishing between Chocolate and Poop.


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