What goes in, must come out – A lesson in digestion

I had the privilege of observing this conversation at the dinner table this week.

Ava wasn’t very motivated to eat dinner, so I enthusiastically pointed out the different foods on her plate in hopes of encouraging her to eat something. After saying the name of each thing, Ava added “poop” to the list of foods.

Jody piped in, “We don’t eat poop, our food turns into poop.” And then gave a fast lesson on digestion about how when we eat food it goes into our tummies, turns into energy and helps us grow, and then we poop out what’s left.

Ava had an incredulous look on her face and said, “Nuh-uh, that’s not what happens.”

Jody said, “What happens to food when we eat it?”

Ava explained that when we eat food “it goes into a pile and then little bits go out to your body” and give you lots of “energy and energy and energy!” At which point she got very animated in demonstrating the energy.

She then turned to me to ask, “Is that right, Mommy?”

Me: “Yes, that’s pretty close to what happens.”

Jody (to Ava): “So then where does poop come from?”

Ava (pausing to think for a second): “Your butt.”

Cue peals of laughter from Jody and me.

Yep, Ava, you definitely know what you’re talking about. :)

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17 thoughts on “What goes in, must come out – A lesson in digestion

  1. hysterical!

    And I’m glad to see that “poop” conversations at the dinner table happen in families that aren’t all boys!

    My kids are fascinated by the words “poop,” “fart,” “butt” (you have to sing that one “buuuuuuttttt” and wave your tushy in the air), etc.

    boys are weird.

  2. I am thrilled to know that we are not alone in our socially inappropriate dinner conversations! I am grateful that our kids are so comfortable and trusting that they will bring up anything (and oh my, do I mean anything)while eating. We try to balance that with teaching traditional table manners to use for “proper” meals.

    It does increase the anxiety level while eating out since you never know what might happen (like the time our pre-schooler announced very loudly at our favorite veggie/mexican place that her “butt smelled like a brownie” I’m still not sure where she was going with that particular line of thought) :)

  3. I love it when kids say things to make you crack up. But in my house, that’s always followed by “DON’T LAUGH MOMMY!” The best is when they do something naughty that is hilarious – the torture of keeping a straight face while redirecting all that energy!

  4. Oh yes! We love the Poopsmith song in this house. :)

    Not on your brother, not on your sis, not on any family member you might want to make a list. ;)

    Amy
    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  5. I often let them know that their poop will change colour depending on the veggies they eat! It gets them curious and works sometimes!

  6. I often let them know that their poop will change colour depending on the veggies they eat! It gets them curious and works sometimes!

  7. Gee, you can’t slip anything past Ava, can you!? :) What a cutie!!

    We love the poop song too, although I curse Jody daily for introducing us to it!! Q had to listen to it over and over and over before bed for a long time. It got old ;)

  8. So funny! I’ve told Tim the same as Jody but he’s not quite sure about the poop aspect yet. He talks about “tanks” that his food goes into.

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