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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15-02-2014 22:28 #31
15-02-2014 22:36 #32
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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15-02-2014 22:43 #33Senior Member
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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.
15-02-2014 22:47 #34
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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15-02-2014 22:49 #35Senior Member
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15-02-2014 22:50 #36
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
15-02-2014 22:59 #37
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.
15-02-2014 23:24 #38Senior Member
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I've refer to it as a penis or a pecker....
15-02-2014 23:56 #39
My sister in law calls it a willy. Great thread btw. Was only just talking about this with dh for our daughter yesterday.
16-02-2014 00:01 #40
Doogers. Or bits.
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