I'm a child behaviour expert and this is why you should let you children talk about poo and the toilet

AS MUCH as most of us would prefer to keep all references to pooh and pee inside the privacy of the bathroom, children often have other ideas.

Potty talk can be frustrating for parents who want to keep things nice and clean but it's common for kids to test the boundaries with talk of the mucky stuff.

Child development expert and content director at Parent LabKristene Geering shared her take on the grubby topic.

She explained that we can define "potty talk" as any discussion around private parts and bodily functions.

But according to the pro, potty talk is an appropriate part of a child's development.

Speaking to Pure Wow, Kristene said: "Potty talk is a very common — and thus, presumably developmentally appropriate — phenomenon that typically begins in preschool-aged kids and can continue for varying lengths of time, and for different reasons."

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She continued: "[Children] are still trying to figure out the whole language thing and the potty is also still pretty new… When you think about the sheer number of words we have in English to describe just feces and urine, let alone our more hidden anatomical parts, it's no wonder our kids spend so much time exploring the ways to discuss these daily functions.”

The pro insists there's actually nothing wrong with the cheeky chat.

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Kristene encouraged parents to see it as a positive sign that they child is developing.

She said: "It shows they are moving along in terms of their cognitive, communicative, and social-emotional development."

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Sadly this doesn't stop the feeling of embarrassment when your little treasure starts talking about their wee winky at dinner with Aunt Mildred.

It's totally normal for you as a parent not to enjoy the chat, and the expert said that it's best not to overreact but you shouldn't reinforce the conversation with laughter.

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If you want to steer your children away from potty talk the expert suggested ignoring them and offering an example of appropriate subject matter from your own chats.

But with older children she said: "Explain to them clearly how the language they're using affects other people, including how others might feel about them.”

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