What do you/will you have your kids call their privates?

posted 1 year ago in Parenting
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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zoraneale :  clinical names. I will also teach them that they were grown in my uterus not my tummy. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I don’t have kids, but the general professional stance is that the body part’s actual name (clinical name) should be used. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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zoraneale :  clinical. My 18 month old just said “vulva” for the first time yesterday! I recently read a story about a girl telling her teacher that her babysitter’s son kept touching her “cookie” and the teacher thought it was just a sharing issue. Poor thing was reporting sexual assault and no one realized until she was seriously injured. You call an arm an arm so why would a penis and vulva be any different? 

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Busy bee

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LilliV :  this is why I think we should teach children the clinical terms. They hold up in court. Sad to think of but it’s much better to be proactive  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Definitely clinical. Same with all of the anatomy I’m teaching my kids the actual names. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when children don’t know the actual names for their own body parts. They can say and know what an arm, eye, nose, etc is so why not a penis? Also Lilliv said, it can be an issue if unfortunately children suffer from sexual abuse and can’t accurately describe what happened.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Mine call them their “pecker” and their “private” however they are very aware of the terms penis and vagina. Plus,  i feel that I’d they were in the abovementioned scenario,  people could easily interpret those nicknames. 

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I’ve just never been sure what the hang-up is with calling body parts by their actual names, including breasts (not boobs or a rack or the girls or whatever other nonsense people come up with). I just think it’s a shame that so many people seemingly cannot even bring themselves to discuss health concerns with their doctors because they cannot speak about all parts of their body without shame. 

And sure, there are times or places where such things should not be referenced or when people feel better glossing over things (particularly if a person doesn’t want to disclose a health issue to others or something along those lines), in which case, referencing to things as “private” might work out better for everyone. But overall, like a PP said, if an arm is an arm, a penis is a penis and a vulva is a vulva (and no one should be able to see your vagina without a speculum).

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Clinical names.  They aren’t naughty and there shouldn’t be a stigma attached to them. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

The correct terms. 

It is seriously so irritating to hear people call their genitals by pet names. It’s not a coochie, it’s not a cookie, it’s not a forbidden fruit. It’s a fucking vulva. No, not a vagina. A vulva. The vagina is on the inside and you.do.not.shave.it. You would bleed out if you tried. 

A good sex education is very important and it starts with knowing your own body. You wouldn’t call your kid’s throat their garbage disposal, or their stomach their doodad. So why would you teach them to call their vulva a fifi? 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Clinical. Penis and vulva.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Clinical 100% but my husband and my views are very straightforward and may seem rigid to some but we also don’t believe in Santa or the like. We want our future kid to know and understand things the way they are in reality so they aren’t disappointed later or confused when faced with situations they haven’t been accurately educated on. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Clinical. We tell my son he has a penis. Just like he has a nose, a mouth, hands etc. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I personally find it creepy to give a kid’s genitals a cutesy name. 

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