Do you teach your children the proper names for their's? I've been talking to DS (3) about the other name for his "peepee". He's now in the bath yelling "penis...PENIS...PEENIS...PEEENNNIISSS!" I think this may have backfired a little lol
That's funny. My oldest daughter was almost 3 when I was pregnant with her younger brother. She would tell people, "my mama has a baby in her belly...when it comes out, it will squeeze out of her VAGINA. Isn't that crazy?!"
When my niece first figured out that boys are different and had a penis, she asked everyone she saw if they had a penis... even strangers. LOL I thought my sister would die from embarassment.
We say PEPPER because my oldest shouted PEEEEENISSSS in front of the old ladies at Publix years ago. My youngest now calls it pepper. I learned. My niece calls her privates her hoot, and I don't know where that comes from. The proper name is vulva, of course, because vagina is on the inside. If your vagina is on the outside, then you need to hit the ER fast.
Penis and vagina for sure. I read a study a few years back that showed children who had been molested but didn't know the proper names for their private areas were less likely to see their abuser behind bars. That was enough for me to correct peepee and bubbies (breasts) to penis, vagina, and breasts or boobs.
Yes. If you don't make a big deal of it, they'll get over it. I'd rather my kid be yelling "penis" than "peepee." Also, I read an article that says if children know the proper name for their body parts it's more difficult for sexual abusers to shame them into silence. They can describe what the abuser did more clearly.
As part of the growing movement to implement abuse prevention in schools and other youth-serving organizations, Rohdenburg and other educators believe that teaching what linguists call “standard” dialect for body parts — rather than euphemisms and colloquialisms — is important. Teaching children anatomically correct terms, age-appropriately, says Laura Palumbo, a prevention specialist with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), promotes positive body image, self confidence, and parent-child communication; discourages perpetrators; and, in the event of abuse, helps children and adults navigate the disclosure and forensic interview process. [...]
“We don’t want kids to think they’re going to get in trouble by asking questions about sexual matters and health,” Palumbo says. When officials pull a teacher into an investigation or escort a legislator from her state house floor for using the word “vagina,” or a parent removes a child from a class that uses the word “penis,” children are more likely to think their questions will get them in trouble, she says. This shuts down communication, reinforcing the culture of secrets and silence perpetrators rely on for cover.