3-Year-Old Genius Uses Potty Talk on the 'Today' Show (VIDEO)

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Any mom who is in the midst of trying to potty train a toddler will tell you that when they've gotta go -- they've gotta go. And nine times out of ten, they pick the most inopportune times to announce that they need to do their business. But a 3-year-old little girl named Emmelyn Roettger definitely wins the award for the most awkward time to announce that she needed to go poop after doing it on a live Today show appearance.

Emmelyn went on the show with her parents because at the tender age of 3, she's a genius who is already a member of Mensa. But being one of the smartest kids in the world doesn't mean she isn't still a kid -- and when nature called, she just couldn't ignore it.

Take a look at the video clip from her Today appearance below, and try not to bust out into fits of laughter when Emmelyn looks at her mom and says, "Take this off me [meaning the microphone], I need to go poop!"

OMG!! Don't ya love it? I love how her mom kept trying not to laugh, and then said, "I knew this would happen," out of sheer embarrassment. Of course, any parent watching this would tell that mother she has nothing to be embarrassed about. If anything, she made us look at our screens and say out loud, "Oh honey, I've been there!"

And I don't know about you, but I certainly have. I've had more than my fair share "I need to go poop!" declarations at very inconvenient moments.

My little guy has announced that it's time to go while I've been on webinars and conference calls, and definitely can't resist calling out his needs at the dinner table. And trust me, you don't even want to hear me tell the story of the time we were sitting on a plane on the runway in D.C. waiting to take off, when he told me he had to go right then and there. (The ending of that story should probably be saved for another post on another day.)

Yep, Emmelyn's Today moment was definitely one I could relate to -- and I also have to give Natalie Morales props for how well she handled the situation. Hopefully the parents are over any initial embarrassment and realize just how hilarious the incident was. They'll have a great story to tell for years to come!

What are some of the inopportune times that you've run into potty training emergencies with your toddler or preschooler?


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nonmember avatar A

What a weird kid...

Bonnie Bruns Williams

A, really?? You think she is weird??!! Why, exactly? Because she is a smart kid? Or because she is a normal child who had to go potty... I guess I fail to see your reasoning.

curio... curious1145

I wouldn't have used the word weird,maybe unusual. Maybe she means she's so smart,yet doesn't know not to say certain things on live tv. She is only 3 however. Even adult geniuses can lack common sense. So,it's not strange that a 3 year-old genius may not be well-schooled in that yet. Very cute!

Maevelyn Maevelyn

I think she's very cute and undoubtedly bright but I don't understand the point of having her join Mensa unless they have programs for small children. she needs an intellectually nourishing environment but I don't think she needs a club. Then again I'm not clear on the exact purpose of MENSA to begin with. 

Maevelyn Maevelyn

yes just looked MENSA up, I see no benefit to a small child. Seems she would need to be a little older to benefit. 

mama_... mama_bear77

i know spanish and "mensa" mean stupid lol, but other then the fact that i know what the post is talking about, thats cute

orang... orangetree

Jealeous much, A? I thought she was cute!

Victoria Mensa

Check out mensaforkids.com it has puzzles and other activities and resources for kiddos and their families. It also has a community of parents with gifted kids, as well as people who were once gifted kids, that may offer support.

StarG... StarGirlD

The little girl is precious. I just disagree with showboating your little one like that. She's a small person, not some trinket to use to get you 15 minutes of fame. What's wrong with letting her stay a child a little longer?

nonmember avatar jenny

i think its adorable and reminds us that no matter how gifted she may be she is still a toddler

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