At Ahuva’s wonderful school (aka day care) they have certain conventions about language. Instead of “labeling” the childrens’ building by saying, “what a nice house”, they unjudgementally refer to all their creations as “Structures”. As in “That's an interesting structure, Jakey.” It can be quite amusing to hear toddlers saying to each other “No!! don’t touch my STRUCTURE!” when they build with others.
The other day we were thrilled (and a little grossed out) to greet Ahuva in the morning and find that on her own she had pulled down her night-time pull-up, pooped in her little potty, and pulled up her pull up.
I enthusiastically praised this achievement while Aba bravely emptied the contents of the potty.
“That was great, Ahuva. A big poop!” I said. In fact it had been a towering pile of mulit-colored excrement.
“I made a STRUCTURE of poop!” she exclaimed.