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

posted 10 months ago in Parenting
Post # 46
3223 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Umm I think it’s a little… strange to compare educating your children with how you refer to your husband’s genitals during sex, but alright. 

Post # 47
7778 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My almost 2 year old can’t say vulva, but can say vagina. Which I think is complexity fine. It’s not like I wouldn’t know what she would mean. It’s like head vs. skull vs. brain- if my kid falls down and gets a skull fracture I will still know something is wrong if she says her head hurts. 

Post # 48
487 posts
Helper bee

Clinical. They are body parts just like fingers and toes. And kids need to know the correct terms.

Post # 49
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Clinical terms, or as close as possible according to vocabulary level. I don’t want my three year old running around talking like an obnoxious high schooler who just started sexting. “Cookie” is disgusting. To me there is little difference between saying “cookie” and “pussy”….both are ignorant and reserved for immature jokes. My children shouldn’t be ignorant or ashamed of their bodies. If I can’t teach them proper terms, how can I teach them how to have safe sex?

Post # 50
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m not a fan of cutesy terms.  One of my little cousins used to call her vulva her “nuck nuck”which I thought was just weird. 

Most of my family has always used “privates” with really small children, from about baby to 5.  I don’t think private = shameful, but genitals do have different rules to most body parts, and I think it’s a way of subtly reinforcing that. I’m assuming they are taught the technical terms at some point.  I always knew the clinical terms, but prefered not to use them. 

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