what do you call their private parts?

Amanda - posted on 06/22/2011 ( 204 moms have responded )

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Don't mean to sound rude..but I have a 3year boy and a 7month old girl...and my little boy asked why his little sister didn't have a tail (penis) so I explained she was a little girl...then got so very confused as what would be an acceptable 'name' for her parts to a little boy??? When I said it was a flower (as my mother used to call mine) his reply was no mummy that is not a flower...HELP!!

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Alecia - posted on 06/22/2011

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i call my daughter's vulva just that. i prefer that over vagina and vulva is what the outer part is called anyway. my hubby doesnt dress in front of my daughter so she doesnt know that boys and girls are different in that way (but at 21 mnths she knows that there are differences). hoping to get pregnant within the next few mnths and hoping for a boy. and id call it a penis..cuz thats what it is. i dnt see the point in cutesy names and think that they should grow up with age appropiate knowledge about their bodies

Krista - posted on 06/22/2011

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I don't use overly cutesy euphemisms either. It's too confusing for them. It's one thing to have a bit of a nickname, but they should know the proper terms. I've heard of a few cases where children were being sexually abused and tried to tell someone but nobody clued in because the kid hadn't been taught the right words.

If you're SUPER-uncomfortable with the words, then maybe just call them her "privates" for now. But you're going to have to figure out how to get over your discomfort so that you don't do a disservice to your kids by not giving them factual information.

Karen - posted on 06/22/2011

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i call them what they are, no cutesy names here - saves confusion as they're growing up and learning the proper names for them.

Amy - posted on 06/22/2011

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My mom called both pee pees. Because..it's where pee comes from. That was it.

My son has named his "pieces". Eh, said penis, but he didn't know what that was. he knew there were parts and calls them pieces. He's just over 2 yrs old.

I've heard all kinds of cutesy and silly names for a girl. My daughter is 4 and calls them her girly parts or a pee pee. My daughter says she'd rather grow boobies than a bigger pee pee. lol. Well, honey, you will surely grow boobs and not a penis!!

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