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Old 06-09-2006, 05:48 PM   #11
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Re: What to call private parts?

we call them penis and vagina and vulva... though ds says "peanuts" and it always cracks me up

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Old 06-09-2006, 05:52 PM   #12
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Re: What to call private parts?

idont have a girl so i don thave to figure that one out, luckily i odnt like the word eiether .
i have told david he has a pipito. he dont get the concept stillof what mommy has so i leave it at that. when time comes i tell him the real names but for everyday it will be popochita (thats in spanish btw)
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Old 06-09-2006, 05:59 PM   #13
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Re: What to call private parts?

we use penis & vagina here.
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:00 PM   #14
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Re: What to call private parts?

When we were growing up, it was privates in general, or "pee-pee hole" specifically. We knew that girls had "pee-pee, baby and poopy holes", and boys had "peepers and poopy holes" - probably a lot more descriptive to a child than "vagina" really.

While I agree with teaching children correct names, for a very young child a descriptor as to what the part does is probably just as appropriate. Children can learn two names for the same body part. Where it gets silly, as a school nurse for whom english was not a first language described once, is when you have an 8 year old boy who calls his penis his "hot dog" or his "weinerschnitzel" or his "ding-a-ling" and can't/won't come up with anything better than that to describe where he got kicked - lol!

BTW - I also have an issue with using the term vagina, although not with the word specifically, but because it is used to refer to the whole down-there-area. Especially since *most* of the time, little girls aren't talking about their vagina or anything close - it would either be their urethra (hurting when they pee) or labia (if they got hurt playing). The correct medical term for the entire area, btw, is vulva.

BTW- we call ds's privates his "baby bits" when we don't use the medical names. But he's too young to care yet.
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Re: What to call private parts?

Mostly we call it privates. I want to instill the idea that its a private area. I will also teach the proper names eventually.
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:08 PM   #16
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Re: What to call private parts?

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BTW - I also have an issue with using the term vagina, although not with the word specifically, but because it is used to refer to the whole down-there-area. Especially since *most* of the time, little girls aren't talking about their vagina or anything close - it would either be their urethra (hurting when they pee) or labia (if they got hurt playing). The correct medical term for the entire area, btw, is vulva.
I totally agree. Bugs me every time I read it!
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:19 PM   #17
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Re: What to call private parts?

Me too. We mostly call them privates but if you are wanting to give the correct term for a girl, definitely use vulva. My oldest son used to call his penis his pee pee thing and boobies were movies.
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:25 PM   #18
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Re: What to call private parts?

Privates here too. I tossed the idea about calling them proper names around. I even went as far to tell Aspen once. BUT, I just felt a little uncomfortable with her using the proper anatomy words. I know that's what their called but even I don't say "hey honey, my vagina itches" or whatever...I still simply refer to it as my privates, or to a doctor...My female area I know all the right words, I know what they are and I didn't grow up feeling the need to use them as daily words. May be just us, but we are much more comfortable with Privates and in time, when they are older, they will learn the proper anatomy words...just like we did
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Old 06-09-2006, 06:28 PM   #19
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We plan to call things by their real names, but Ethan is only 5. I admit to saying "Mr. Winky" just because it makes me laugh.

That's funny.
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Re: What to call private parts?

My dd is the only girl out of 9 boy cousins, to say the least they are interested in what she has. My sisters son was convinced that my dd would grow a pee pee . So we had to explain to him that there were girl and boy parts and that girls do not grow boy parts. After that he just called them girly parts and that has stuck. They all know that the diaper/underwear area are private and no one should touch them there.
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