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    I use the proper terms and go so far as correcting DS's dad, my mum etc when they use other words (although I let 'nuts' slip by but always reinforce the correct name). It is a huge aspect of child protection that children use the correct anatomical terms, because it provides a red flag to you as a parent if they suddenly come out with something different. To me, this is far more important than my own awkwardness.

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    Yes. We mostly use vulva with our DD; I know it's not technically correct, but there's no all-encompassing word. Also use labia, vagina, penis, testicles and "private parts/genitals" in general.

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    Yes but dh doesn't.

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    My kids know of the proper terms, but they prefer to say "doodle" and "gina" (gy-na).
    So we use both

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    My kids know of the proper terms, but they prefer to say "doodle" and "gina" (gy-na).
    So we use both
    This is us.
    DS knows the correct word but says "doodle".
    He's only now learning about vaginas (gina) after he announced to his Pa that he saw Mummy's doodle!
    Now he's quite obsessed with getting it right.
    Nan has a gina? Yes DS Nan has a gina.
    Pa has a doodle? Yes DS Pa has a doodle.
    And so on throughout the family!
    Except one uncle he always insists has a gina which I think might be DH's influence!

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    Yes, we have always used proper terms, though in public toilet's I will say vagina as opposed to vulva if speaking to the kids (usually telling the little ones to wipe properly ).

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    We call it what it is 😃

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    We use the correct anatomical words for body parts/genitalia.

    I once read a really good article about child safety. It made a point of saying a predator/abuser is unlikely to call genitalia by their correct name and will usually give it a 'pet name'. So if you teach your kids the correct terms and then they start calling it 'pinky or fifi' then you can investigate further with your child by asking where they heard that name or who uses that term. This really made sense to me

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    Yes, we use the proper terms, and "private parts". But DS is only 2 and since we don't have anyone else ever look after him/do nappy changes (except day care), it hasn't really been an issue.

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    Default Discuss: Do you use proper anatomical terms?

    As someone who has worked in child protection, using correct terminology is also important so that if a kid is being abused and tells someone like their teacher, they know what is happening. If a little girl tells her teacher "Daddy/Pop/Uncle touched my flower" abuse can be missed (true story, it took the teacher a few months to piece the comments together and make the connection a 5yo was being abused). If the same kid says they touched her va.gina/V.ulva etc, there's no missing what that actually means.

    So yes, we use correct-ish terms. DD is a bit young to understand she has several parts, so we just use v@gina as an all encompassing thing. DS knows he has a p.enis, but usually says Doo.dle.
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