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    Only have a daughter, but we use correct terminology - vagina, vulva, labia, penis... I don't think testicles has come up. My daughter's only 16 months, but I try to use those in just the same way as I would with any other body part.
    Eg. "I need to wipe your vulva now" (when changing nappy) or "yes, that's daddy's penis" (when pointing to her naked father and looking curious).

    I feel like using nicknames for body parts keeps kids from understanding their own bodies well, purely for the comfort of adults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    Only have a daughter, but we use correct terminology - vagina, vulva, labia, penis... I don't think testicles has come up. My daughter's only 16 months, but I try to use those in just the same way as I would with any other body part.
    Eg. "I need to wipe your vulva now" (when changing nappy) or "yes, that's daddy's penis" (when pointing to her naked father and looking curious).

    I feel like using nicknames for body parts keeps kids from understanding their own bodies well, purely for the comfort of adults.
    I'm not sure how my son would have any less understanding of his body due to him calling it a doodle. He knows (at an age appropriate level) what it does - how would calling it a penis make him understand better??

    BTW - I have no issue with people calling it a penis with their children

    For the record I also say butt, tummy & footsies to my boys. Man they'll have no idea what to sit on, where their food ends up or what to put their shoes on :/
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    I started referring to it as a penis, but my husband calls it a 'wing wong' in front of our little boy. God only knows why he came up with that name, but it's stuck and I just refer to it as a 'wing wong' now too. When our little boy gets older, then I'll certainly tell him that it's actually called a penis, but for the moment, I'm happy to leave it as a 'wing wong' - it's actually kind of cute.

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    I say penis and DS says willy. My sister taught him to say that despite the fact i told her i prefer him to say penis.

    Undies here too. Sometimes DS will call them underwears which is cute the way he says it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siesmum View Post
    My dd was having a shower with dh once and asked why daddy has a sausage he was so shocked. I just told her it is dads p.enis then ran off laughing like a school kid it was so cute and the look on dh's face was priceless

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    The first time DD1 mentioned DH's she asked about his tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theboys&me View Post
    I'm not sure how my son would have any less understanding of his body due to him calling it a doodle. He knows (at an age appropriate level) what it does - how would calling it a penis make him understand better??
    Sorry if you took offense there, wasn't picking on you :P
    I guess I'm thinking more with regard to girls. Actually, female anatomy for both boys & girls. The number of teenagers I've come across when teaching sex ed who wouldn't have a clue what a clitoris is, or have never heard the word labia.

    To me there's a difference between using a nickname as a general rule whilst still knowing correct anatomy, and not actually teaching correct anatomy though. I see the latter as denying a child information, which I can't see any justification for. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Obviously names are only a small part of that, but I see using correct terminology as not only giving kids the language to describe their own body, but sends the message that genitals aren't just something for hush-hush discussion and jokes, but something that adults are willing to discuss seriously should you have any issues. Less a problem with younger kids of course, as they're generaly pretty happy to talk to anyone about genitals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    Sorry if you took offense there, wasn't picking on you :P
    I guess I'm thinking more with regard to girls. Actually, female anatomy for both boys & girls. The number of teenagers I've come across when teaching sex ed who wouldn't have a clue what a clitoris is, or have never heard the word labia.

    To me there's a difference between using a nickname as a general rule whilst still knowing correct anatomy, and not actually teaching correct anatomy though. I see the latter as denying a child information, which I can't see any justification for. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Obviously names are only a small part of that, but I see using correct terminology as not only giving kids the language to describe their own body, but sends the message that genitals aren't just something for hush-hush discussion and jokes, but something that adults are willing to discuss seriously should you have any issues. Less a problem with younger kids of course, as they're generaly pretty happy to talk to anyone about genitals
    No offence taken I was genuinely curious as to how you thought it would make them unable to understand.

    But in saying that - I did just have to google what a vulva was halfway through this thread so perhaps I'm not so equipped to educate my kids in that area.

    Funnily enough I had to run s3x ed at school a few years ago ... But it was only to a year 5 class and there was no labelling of bits required. I really just chucked on the 'where do I come from' video and answered any questions which usually only came from the girl group about periods and the boy group weren't interested in knowing anything beyond the video.

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    I've refer to it as a penis or a pecker....

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    My sister in law calls it a willy. Great thread btw. Was only just talking about this with dh for our daughter yesterday.

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    Doogers. Or bits.


 
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