A while back a few friends an I got together for a play date with our little ones, and of course the topic of genitalia and body parts came up. I was amazed (maybe a bit naive) to hear that my friends refer to their children's body parts by names other than penis or vagina....what? I have to admit, my parents thought it was strange that I started to call my children's genitalia by the proper names too in the beginning. But, naturally they changed and prefer now that I have taught them to recognize their bodies and be comfortable with who they are. 

I really thought that this 'trend' ended with our parents who were too embarrassed to say the real names-- guess not.

Why does this happen in today's day and age, haven't we evolved? 

Hummm....guess not.

On the contrary, my friends thought that calling my children's body parts by their 'proper' names was plain weird and uncomfortable. You know what's weird to me? Calling a penis a 'peanut' and a vagina a 'flower'....and uncomfortable?....don't get me started.....come on people! Is it just me? Can you imagine poor 'Bobby' dating someday, and referring to their penis as a peanut? Now that is uncomfortable and embarrassing don't you think? 

We went on to talking about sexuality and the whole 'where babies come from' talk. I realized I was the minority. I talk to my kids about everything. Even if it means it is embarrassing for me....i spill it. I mean, in my opinion they will learn the truth one day, wont they? Why not start from day one?

What do you call your children's body parts?



Kate Moore
06/03/2013 11:57

We don't have boys so we don't normally talk about penises, but when the rare topic of how boys are different comes up we use the proper name. We call the vagina by many different names, but rarely vagina bc my youngest called it "vanina" when she was little as she couldn't say "vagina" for some reason. It jstt kind of stuck as a funny inside joke. They do know it's proper name though. We also call it "cooch" and sometimes "vajayjay" depending on our mood. If I'm frustrated it usually comes out "Just wash your vagina and get out of the shower!" haha To each parent their own methods though. I think knowing the proper term is important, but using different names is just a silly something we do around here. Nothing to be ashamed of :)


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