Did I do the right thing?

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October 30, 2012 at 12:29p

I need your input to a parenting cunundrum I created. 

Last night at dinner with the family we were talking about how the different states in our wonderful country got their names.  My youngest son asked how Ohio got its name and I told him I thought the word was from the Native Americans that lived here and that the name came from there.  My oldest son then asked if Michigan was an Indian name.  My wife said that it was.  He then asked what did the word mean.  I, very calmly, said "The word Michigan translated into English means 'The Butthole of the World'."  Both boys, ages 6 and 8, laughed their tails off.  My wife looks at me from across the table and says, "I hope you are willing to take any consequences your little remark may cause."  Granted, we don't condone "potty" talk in our house, but I thought the comment was very apt.

You also have to know that when my oldest was going threw potty training he would regularly pee in the toilet, but would still poop in his diaper.  After a few weeks of this I told him that the only people in this world that pooped their pants were Michigan fans.  He stopped that day.  Again my wife thought I was to crass, but I got the result she wanted.  It worked for his younger brother as well.  This time older brother told his younger sibling and it worked just as quickly.

I know I won't win any parenting awards.  But I also don't think instilling in them that Meatchicken and everything that comes from there is bad will only help them as they grow up.

So, what do you guys and gals think?  Did I go too far, or not far enough?  Let me know in the comments.  I'm interested in your thoughts on this matter.




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