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Kids' Names for Private Parts
Parenting comes with a lot of little decisions that you never dreamed you'd be making, and one of them is "What will we have them call their private parts?". There are many euphemisms for both boy parts and girl parts, and it must be decided. Make the decision before someone else makes it for you and theirs sticks. Do you teach them penis and vagina (or more accurately vulva) or do you use another term (and if so which one)?
I recently read a little story of a Mom learning her little boy called his penis a wang. This made me laugh, and then it made me think about all the different terms that could be used, and which one parents decide upon for their kids. I searched the internet a bit and compiled a list of name people have chosen to teach their kids. What terms have you decided to use with your kids? Whether it's on the list or not, please share!
Personally, I don't like hearing the term penis, vagina (or vulva) coming from a little kid. So I would prefer that kids know the correct anatomically correct words, but that in common use they say something else. After all, that's what adults do.
The name that little boys will used will largely be influenced by their Dad. Regardless of what Mom calls it, little boys will pay close attention to the terms that the man in their life uses.
- twig (and berries)
- wee wee
- family jewels
- frank (& beans)
- Mr. Winky
Should Parents Use Anatomically Correct Terminology?
Parenting experts love to tell you that you should only use the anatomically correct words with your children. However, there's a lot of things the parenting experts say that people don't exactly follow along with, and I think this is certainly one of them. I don't think it will harm a kid to call his penis a weiner, what do you think?
Help Them Learn About Their Body - Read With Your Kids
Books are the perfect way to talk about uncomfortable things together. This is a great book to help kids learn about their body. I've read this with many kids and their reactions are always adorable. It's great for teaching the anatomical terms, which I think kids should be aware of.
- choo choo
- front bottom (I hate this one)
- front butt (I hate this more)
- girly parts
- hoo hoo
- kitty kat
- lola (?)
Under No Condition
Words off limits for kids
In my opinion, there are certain words that are off limits to teach children. Under no condition should a little boy call his penis a d**k or a c**k. And there is no occasion appropriate for a little girl to discuss her p**sy or c**t (the worst of the bunch). It seems obvious to most that these terms are off limits, and yet, some children are using them. Be careful what you say in front of children. Their ears are always on.
More Information on What to Call Kids Private Parts
- How To Teach Your Child The Names Of Their Private Parts - MyChild Magazine
- Teaching Your Kids About Their Private Parts
The Kid's Doctor: Your Partner in Parenting
- OMFG Teach Your Kids Accurate Names for Body Parts Already
by Tracy Moore
There Are Serious Issues Here Too
No one wants to think about it, but child abuse is a real issue and any child is vulnerable. This is a great book because it helps teach your child to tell when an adult is being inappropriate. Kids can be easily influenced and when they don't know what should be allowed and what shouldn't they are even more vulnerable. Get this book and read it with your kids. Give it to a friend and have them read it with their kids. Then donate it to a preschool to read with everyone's kids. It's important.
My Underpants Rule!
What Term Did You Teach Your Child for Girl Private Parts?
What term did you teach your child for vulva or vagina?
© 2011 Kerri Bee
PottyTrainingWarning on February 03, 2014:
I say Kooter for a female toddler and peepee for a male toddler. When they grow up, I'd tell them the anatomical names of their private parts. It's also best to teach them those names for they will understand the basics of potty training.
Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on May 18, 2013:
About the only phrase I used with my son was calling it "private parts" and that worked well :)
miaponzo on October 16, 2011:
VERY cute!!!! :)
moonlitta on July 04, 2011:
Very interesting subject here... We don't have a special name yet, and probably will keep to the real name.
dogface lm on June 18, 2011:
English isn't my native language so this is new info for me. Interesting, haha. :D
sidther lm on May 18, 2011:
We have bits and bobs, a ball zone (recently learned at school), peepee, and "my good stuff", also he calls them Pieces.
Paul from Liverpool, England on May 16, 2011:
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Perhaps not :)
tandemonimom lm on May 16, 2011:
Fun lens! Lensrolled to my Kids are Cute! and Battle Hymn of the Toilet Seat lenses.
irenemaria from Sweden on May 16, 2011:
More important than the name is to teach the child it is a PRIVATE part. Nobody - absolutely no person is allowed to touch it without mothers or daddys permission. That is safeguarding the child!
anonymous on May 16, 2011:
Looks like we came up with two expressions not on your list Kab :)
Joan4 on May 16, 2011:
This is tooooooo funny! It will be great to see all the names from around the world!
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on May 16, 2011:
Interesting debate. As I said, I'm for using the real words as it avoids any confusion.