what do yours children call theirs?

Lisa - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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as my dd is talking more we need to give things names so need to know what is ok or not. willy seems to be quite popular for boys but what about girls?

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Christi - posted on 04/30/2009

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when i was growing up, my mom had us girls refer to it as a "tutu" and my brothers had "peeders".... but i have taught both my son and daughters to refer to them as "privates".... while they know the proper names for them, i too dislike hearing a child say proper names, and "privates" is a universal term that anyone would understand should they ever need to tell that someone has touched them improperly.

Jeannine - posted on 04/30/2009

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lol my soon to be 2 year old calls hers the ''cuzifit'' (cuz if it dont get washed it'll smell like pee'' she started thuis during her 'I don't want to bath phase'' lol

Emma - posted on 04/30/2009

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I use the proper names and my sons nursery teacher liked it she said sometimes she didnt know what the children where on about as they all use different names although my eldest cant say virgina so its gina but its what they are called.

Malinda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Currently my 18 month old son calls his penis "Elmo."



I think it's because he recognizes Elmo from toys grandma gives him, and some disposible diapers (which our nanny-share partner's daughter uses) have Elmo on them right about where his penis would be. So he made the association with the area. For now we find it hillarious and don't fully correct him, but we do use the word "penis" around him, too (as in, baby's finger is here, baby's penis is here, baby's foot is here, etc). We don't plan to sugar-coat it and will make sure our children KNOW the proper names and can say them, and also understand what they are used for and who is allowed to touch them and when, but if they want a nickname (like Elmo) we're fine with that, too.

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I try and get them to use proper names and my girls do but my 3 yr old son is intent set on calling it his "junk"

Racheal - posted on 04/27/2009

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well my daughter calls her parts flower dont know y, i call it nini so i think she made that name herself. With my nephew i name it a winkle.Its not to crude and its half of the proper word but your the mother its entially up to you

Emily - posted on 04/27/2009

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I agree it is very important for them to know the proper names for all body parts- genitals included for several reasons. Mary E. Whittier, Executive Director of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center says clear definitions are crucial. "It's important to teach children the correct terms of their genitalia, just like we teach them the correct terms for other body parts. If a child is a victim of sexual abuse, it may become confusing for them to identify what has happened if they know their 'private parts' as something different. Additionally, when we call the vagina a 'cuchie,' the message we are sending is that we are too ashamed or embarrassed to say the word 'vagina.' Body parts should be spoken of without shame or hesitation when educating our children."http://www.gvparent.com/Articles/2703bodyparts.html

Arlene - posted on 04/27/2009

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my daughter's 5 and we call it a nooky, although about a year ago I told her the real name is a vagina for her and penis for her brother. Shes comfortable with the cutesy name we use.

Raquel - posted on 04/27/2009

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I have said peepee for both girls or boys. All they know about that area is really about peeing and I say that's all they need to know until they are a little older! My son is 6 and he's good with it.

Maria - posted on 04/25/2009

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mylittle girl calls hers a wee wee, and my little boy calls his a widgey widgey woo, havent got a clue were it came from..... i do say wee wee for girl and i tell my little boy its a willy but he just keeps saying widgey widgey woo.... they will learn the proper words when they are old enough to understand..... good luck

Nicola - posted on 04/25/2009

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I've always said crutch to my daughter i guess if she asked about her vagina thats what i would call it but thats really not what shes asking yet.

Teri - posted on 04/24/2009

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I agree with Cheryl. Proper names. They are not bad words and when you need her to be specific, she will be.

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I, like a few moms on here, do not like the word vagina... we use the word monkey or monk for my daughter and birdie or penis for my son...My daughter does know the proper names but we prefer our little nick names..

Kristi - posted on 04/24/2009

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my grandma always called it a peeshie... I wouldn't know how to spell it but she made the word up when she had her first daughter and it's stuck in the family ever since. My son calls his a twinkie. I've heard some people tell there kids to call it a kooter. For those people that said call it by it's proper name...well I know that my kids would get in big trouble at school if they called it by the proper and it's not something you have to break when they get older... they eventually figure out the correct terminology and start using that.

Deana - posted on 04/24/2009

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The majority of health care providers ie. moms I have discussed this with agree the kids will not grow up maladjusted if they don't use the proper terminology when theyre young.

Lisa - posted on 04/24/2009

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i must admit i am a bit uncomfortable with using 'proper' names ie vagina. but i dont want her to look silly at school calling it a tuppence or what ever! so if the majority goes for anatomical names then that what it will be.

Deana - posted on 04/24/2009

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My son calls it his Business but he's always known its his and his only "privates"

Rhonda - posted on 04/24/2009

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My son calls his "willy" and my daughter has 2 names, either "garden" or "mini" lol

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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we call it a boo boo for a girl dont ask me why but we do, my sisters girls call it a flower, you can teach them the prober names at a later stage.

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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I agree with deana use what ever name feels right for you it doesn't matter when they are old enough they wil know the proper names, my girls used to call it a flu and my little boy calls it a todge but people have diferent names for them !!

Kelly - posted on 04/24/2009

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my little girl knows hers as a tiddley, thats what i grow up callin it and i no what its called now and never found it confusing. my little boy will call his a winky, i don't think it is wrong to have other names for there private parts. my friends girls call theres a flower. its whatever works for you x

Deana - posted on 04/24/2009

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Use whatever works for you. You'll know when the time is right. I just personally have issues with 2-3 yr old using the proper names.

Whitney - posted on 04/24/2009

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I'm not sure what we will be using in our home, but my mom called it my "front bumpty" and "back bumpty" and for some reason our boobs (or nipples at that age) were called bee-beeps. lol It's quite funny talking about it now! My aunt always used "skushy" [skoo-she]....?

Gabrielle - posted on 04/24/2009

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So far, we just call it the private area. When my daughter was younger and starting to explore there, I told her it was just her body. So for a long time, when we were showering and I would say to wash her body, she would wash her diaper area. Once I realized that's how it came across, I started teaching her what a body really was and that that area was her private area. When she's going to the bathroom and wiping, I tell her to wipe where the pee-pee comes from. I guess I don't really want to use silly names for things, but she hasn't really asked what to call things, so we haven't named anything.

Sandra - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have always called it a penis. Never gave it a another name. For bathroom we called it bathroom and pee or number two and baby seat was potty. But large one is toilet. We never used baby talk will our children. We never started something that we would have to brake later. We also told our son that no one should touch his private. Is another word we use. It work for us. I always say what ever works use it. If using easier words work use them. Every child is different and every parent is different.
Sorry I can't help with girl names for her private as I have boys.
I like the show with Arnold Schwarzenegger called Kindergarten Cop when the little boy said" my dad is Gynecologist he looks at Virgina all day." Girls have virgina' s and boys have penis's and all the children laugh." The little boy couldn't of said it any better. Have fun choosing a name.

Trina - posted on 04/24/2009

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we just call them privates! Though my daughter always knew what the proper names were, it's just easier to call them privates - I find its helped instill the fact that they ARE private. But I've always been kinda disturbed by children referring to their parts by their proper names - it just doesn't sound right to me.

Janee - posted on 04/24/2009

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My boys use the proper word Penis, and my daughter uses Cootch... partially because I have always just hated the word vagina But when potty-training came around my boys started (thanks to my teenage brother who lives with me) saying "tuck the Duck"... to remind them to aim... lol

Renee - posted on 04/24/2009

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I've always called them what they are. My son has a penis and my girls have vaginas. I've taught them that when we're in public or talking about them to other people we call them privates.

Cheryl - posted on 04/24/2009

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We use their proper names, vagina and penis. There's no sugar coating here :) I think vagina is appropriate for any age of girl to use and it's good for children to learn the proper names of things. Mind you, if you want to get technical, it should be called a vulva. I believe that giving a cutesy name to a body part only encourages children to find humor in it later on. My step son used to call his penis a willy and found it greatly amusing when his father and I started referring to it as a penis. Mind you, kids will find humor in anything so weather or not its a penis or a willy, a vagina or a hoo hoo, I think its how you approach the situation.

Mikayl - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have always called a boys part a pee- pee and a girls part a ninna. When you have to go to the bathroom you call that tinkle!!! Good Luck

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