Private parts for girls title?

Naomi - posted on 04/16/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Ok so I know the correct term for a girl and knew it growing up as cute terms and technical term, but when I got to health class and they explained the only area called the vagina was just the passageway i was taken aback, and felt like i was taught incorrectly when taught to referance the entire area as a vagina. So when I need to referance the entire area i dont feel calling it all a vagina is the correct term since that isnt what it all is called. At this point i have just referanced it as little butt with my daughter when it is having her wash herself or wipe. The sad part is i know people really do think the technical terms are the best- the only thing is so do i that is the point! When i tell her she needs to wipe herself when she pees she peed out of her urethra not her vagina and the labias needs to be wiped thats just too much to say to a 4 year old and when she is cleaning herself -the point is to clean the whole area-so my question is what to call everything to sum it up? At this point its her little butt and big butt is all i have come up with, so if anyone knows the correct term that i just havent been taught let me know. Thank you!

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Teri - posted on 04/18/2012

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Well, we have 2 boys (9.5 yrs & 7 yrs) and now a little girl (19 mths). We have always said crotch or penis for the boys. Bum, tush, or buns for their bottom. Now with a daughter, I was wondering the same thing. Of course, she is still pretty small, and still being washed by someone else.
Thanks for the post! Hope this helps. : )

Dove - posted on 04/17/2012

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We have always just used vagina. It's really as technical as is needed. My daughter was actually 10 the first time she heard the word vulva, but right away knew exactly what I was talking about. As they get to this age there are puberty and sex books that label and describe the differences. Until that point I, personally, feel that vagina is sufficient. I'm in my 30's and have never had a real NEED to use any other term in conversation even though I know them.

Christina - posted on 04/17/2012

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I have two daughters, 8 and 6.. For years we have called it a "pee-er" since, for now, that's all it does ;). When I say "Wipe/Clean your pee-er" they know it means everything, front to back, lips, bumn everything :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2012

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My girls called their female parts "tee tee", since that's where "tee tee" comes from. Thats what my mom and grandma called it when I was growing up. My oldest daughter is 11 and we have just now had the technical term discussion and she has started referring to her parts as "my stuff". My 6 yr old still says "tee tee" and "bo bo" and that will work until she's older.

Naomi - posted on 04/16/2012

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yes...I know what they are all individually...I am asking about a name to combine the external parts as all one reference. Now I do of course say private parts. The only thing that bothers me is that can refer to the boobs and butt as well. Huh...genitalia is an option...but it does sound vulgar. LOL I just asked my 4 year old if she would like to call it that and she said "no I would rather call it little butt." and then asked what vagina means. Ah the things kids say. So I told her all the names of the parts, and then said that whole area can be called genitalia and she said "I don't want to call it that" in a weird twang voice.

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Toilet matters - remind your daughter to wipe from front to back. My girls call their private parts 'ninny' and 'bottom/bum'. Also referred to 'privates'.



There's nothing wrong with having family words, that you and your daughter understand. Women's private bits are much more of a taboo subject than man's bits when it comes to talking/appropriate words.

Brittney - posted on 04/16/2012

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The genitalia include internal and external structures. The female internal genitalia are the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and vagina. The female external genitalia are the labia minora and majora (the vulva) and the clitoris.

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