Let’s Talk Poop.
Big Poop Balls.
Lots of Little Poop Balls.
Are you rolling over in laughter at the topic of this book yet? If so you should stop. Like now. I’m just kidding you can laugh.
This book is actually full of great information for not only young kids but also older adults. Anyone out there struggling with poop ball issues? If so you would probably never dare share this post out to Facebook for all of your friends to read but a large amount of people do struggle with digestive issues every day. How do I know this? People come to me all the time, in private, asking me if a symptom that they are dealing with is normal or not.
I am not a doctor.
I am a mother who was told she would never be able to get pregnant, only to find out that the cause of all of her issues were food related. Now, that may seem off topic for Kids Book Tuesdays, but hang with me for a moment longer and you will see where I am going.
Adults struggle with poop issues, sometimes we turn to doctors, sometimes we turn on the private search option to type in an embarrasing question, other times we go directly to WebMD and even still some of us adults just still back and suffer in hopes that no one will notice the issues stirring up within our bodies.
With the youngest of infants we are taught to examine their poop for the first few weeks. With every checkup the doctors ask the same question “what does her poop look like?” Then you are given poop options to choose from. When grandma watches your young infant while you go out on a date you are given a full run down of what that nasty diaper looked like and the ladies dedicating their time to the Sunday morning nursery routine also chirp in about the details of the deed.
But what happens next?
What happens when that nursing baby of yours grows up? How do you know if his or her poop is alright? Should it even be of concern to you anymore? What if it hurts?
As children grow older they learn a lot; but learning information about poop is just not on the school calendar and often times parents never think to ask, “does it hurt?”
This book was a game changer for us in the potty training era of our toddler’s life. I won’t go into many details because frankly, he can’t speak for himself. But what I can tell you is that he was having a lot of issues, issues similar to what many adults secretly google, but he couldn’t turn to google for the answers. He only had mommy and daddy to help him and mommy and daddy didn’t really know how to help.
We turned to doctors but our pleas for help fell on deaf ears, we made trips to the emergency room and watched his eyes fill up with pain and terror. Finally, we followed our own gut intuitions and did what the doctors told us not to. We changed his diet.
As stated earlier, I’m not a doctor, so don’t go turning to me for medical advice but I am a mom and just as a doctor studies the books and the patients a mom studies her son and his mood. I knew that his mood was changing and eventually linked those changes in behavior to particular food items he had consumed earlier in the week.
That stopped the main problem, but it didn’t heal the fear that had already been associated with using the bathroom. That’s where this book came into action. He will still call out “Mommy! Will you come read my poop book?” and of course, mommy does.
The beauty of this book is that it teaches kids how to take control of their own poops by explaining to them that the foods that they eat and the liquid that they drink plays a role in what happens in the bathroom. It teaches them not to fear the painful poops because it explains to them just how poop is made, in a terminology that they understand. Additionally it goes onto giving them a list of foods that make poop hard and therefore hurt, as well as a list of foods that make poop soft, and therefore not hurt.
Now, maybe you have never been one to just up and buy a book because someone declares it is good. That’s fine I get that. When I purchased this book off of Amazon I had no clue what to expect. Frankly, I was worried that it would be a complete waste of money and I would have to go apologizing to my husband for using that money. I was wrong.
As I was reading this book to my son I saw that he was actually relating to the story. My husband read it to him later that night and told me that he was asking questions. “Wow”, I thought “That never happens.”
He actually understood the content that I thought would be over his head. What’s more is that he paid attention as well. It is a longer book for potty training kids but not too long. If you have ever read a book to a young child you know that they may not pay attention to the whole thing and before the story is even over they are asking you to read them another book. The author of this book must have been fully aware of that because this books works similar to The Princess Bride in that there is a story within a story. I think my son liked that.
Author: Howard J.Bennett
Illustrator: M.S. Weber
Age Category + Length Description:
Birth to PreK (Long and Lengthy)
1st – 3rd Grade (Short and Sweet)
Book Durability : Paper Cover or Hard Cover with Paper Pages
Be sure to check out the great list of potty training songs and videos that we put together!
“Sometimes it came out as hard little balls. Other times it came out as one big ball.”
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