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Old 07-27-2011, 11:24 AM   #25761
 
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Wait, isn't the clitoris just a bundle of nerves? Does it serve any purpose other than stimulation? Seems unnecessary to teach that to a young child.

We talk about that stuff in stages. As the conversation comes up. They know girls have a vagina and boys have a penis. But we call it 'cootie' and 'pee pee' in conversation. I want them to know the appropriate terms, but they're still children. I don't need to hear them saying penis and vagina.

But, if you're talking "in stages", then vagina isn't appropriate either. Vagina is the tube, the canal, the "potential space", which little girls (hopefully) won't be using for many years. The external parts...the parts little girls care about...are collectively known as vulva.

Personally, I had my little kids (both boys and girl) call it "pee pee". Universal, non-offensive, and describes the object as well as the function.
"where do babies come out of when they're born?"

"well, they come out of a hole in your cootie. But that part is actually called your vagina"

That's not misinforming. And it was answered when the question was asked.


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But, if you're talking "in stages", then vagina isn't appropriate either. Vagina is the tube, the canal, the "potential space", which little girls (hopefully) won't be using for many years. The external parts...the parts little girls care about...are collectively known as vulva.

Personally, I had my little kids (both boys and girl) call it "pee pee". Universal, non-offensive, and describes the object as well as the function.
Little girls and boys care about how babies are born, though, and the vagina is relevant to that.

Sure. The clitoris is still kinda weird.
Sigh. He asked me how the baby gets in the mama. I told him the daddy puts his penis in the mama's vagina and puts in some special seeds that meet the mama's egg. This led to a discussion of what the vagina is, it's inside and you can't see it, and what other parts are in there. I told him what some of the parts were called. No big deal. He doesn't know about sexual stimulation.
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Wait, isn't the clitoris just a bundle of nerves? Does it serve any purpose other than stimulation? Seems unnecessary to teach that to a young child.

We talk about that stuff in stages. As the conversation comes up. They know girls have a vagina and boys have a penis. But we call it 'cootie' and 'pee pee' in conversation. I want them to know the appropriate terms, but they're still children. I don't need to hear them saying penis and vagina.

But, if you're talking "in stages", then vagina isn't appropriate either. Vagina is the tube, the canal, the "potential space", which little girls (hopefully) won't be using for many years. The external parts...the parts little girls care about...are collectively known as vulva.

Personally, I had my little kids (both boys and girl) call it "pee pee". Universal, non-offensive, and describes the object as well as the function.
"where do babies come out of when they're born?"

"well, they come out of a hole in your cootie. But that part is actually called your vagina"

That's not misinforming. And it was answered when the question was asked.


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Exactly - kids are curious!
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Wait, isn't the clitoris just a bundle of nerves? Does it serve any purpose other than stimulation? Seems unnecessary to teach that to a young child.

We talk about that stuff in stages. As the conversation comes up. They know girls have a vagina and boys have a penis. But we call it 'cootie' and 'pee pee' in conversation. I want them to know the appropriate terms, but they're still children. I don't need to hear them saying penis and vagina.

But, if you're talking "in stages", then vagina isn't appropriate either. Vagina is the tube, the canal, the "potential space", which little girls (hopefully) won't be using for many years. The external parts...the parts little girls care about...are collectively known as vulva.

Personally, I had my little kids (both boys and girl) call it "pee pee". Universal, non-offensive, and describes the object as well as the function.
"where do babies come out of when they're born?"

"well, they come out of a hole in your cootie. But that part is actually called your vagina"

That's not misinforming. And it was answered when the question was asked.

I'm all for answering questions. I thought the topic was what little kids call their genitalia though, not where babies come out of.

This probably should have been it's own thread.
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But, if you're talking "in stages", then vagina isn't appropriate either. Vagina is the tube, the canal, the "potential space", which little girls (hopefully) won't be using for many years. The external parts...the parts little girls care about...are collectively known as vulva.

Personally, I had my little kids (both boys and girl) call it "pee pee". Universal, non-offensive, and describes the object as well as the function.
"where do babies come out of when they're born?"

"well, they come out of a hole in your cootie. But that part is actually called your vagina"

That's not misinforming. And it was answered when the question was asked.

I'm all for answering questions. I thought the topic was what little kids call their genitalia though, not where babies come out of.

This probably should have been it's own thread.
It was implied that I was teaching them names for incorrect areas. I'm just explaining, based on the conversation, I did not.

No, I'm not going to go through every biological conversation we've had.


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I knew it.

I'm getting "progressive" lenses, aka bifocals.

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Old 07-27-2011, 11:49 AM   #25767
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I wouldn't tell a kid to call lady parts "cootie" since cooties (aka germs) are bad and they can get it confused.

Anyone remember "circle, circle, dot, dot, now I have my cootie shot"
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I wouldn't tell a kid to call lady parts "cootie" since cooties (aka germs) are bad and they can get it confused.

Anyone remember "circle, circle, dot, dot, now I have my cootie shot"
Oy.

And a wee-wee implies that it's small. Oh the therapy needed!

I think we're over thinking these things as adults too much. They're children, they're not going to over analyze every little thing.


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haha...yep, I still have my cootie eraser somewhere from David Sandal :swoon:
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I wouldn't tell a kid to call lady parts "cootie" since cooties (aka germs) are bad and they can get it confused.

Anyone remember "circle, circle, dot, dot, now I have my cootie shot"
Lol...true!

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I don't think wee-wee is bad, it just struck me as odd to use cootie, since cooties are bad and I've heard kids still using cootie. To each their own
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I don't think wee-wee is bad, it just struck me as odd to use cootie, since cooties are bad and I've heard kids still using cootie. To each their own
Yeah, if there's one thing kids know, it's that cooties are bad. It's in their little handbook. I could totally see this leading to confusion.

But, yeah, to each their own.
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I don't think wee-wee is bad, it just struck me as odd to use cootie, since cooties are bad and I've heard kids still using cootie. To each their own
Yeah, if there's one thing kids know, it's that cooties are bad. It's in their little handbook. I could totally see this leading to confusion.

But, yeah, to each their own.
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I hope she moves.

You deserve a break.
Ninja wrote this much better than I would have, I would done this:

I hope she moves out

You deserve a shag.
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I dont see what the big deal is about nicknames for their privates. They understand they are private so they should not be touched or looked at. If a child is sexually abused and says "someone touched my peepee, my cootie, my booty hole" we all know exactly what they mean. Even if the nickname is something rarely used, (my friends son call his a johnson, n her daughter call hers her girlie place) its not that difficult to figure out where they were touched.

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The way I see it is, kids know it is not a real name (and I don't like pee pee, because my kid knows that is urine, and I want him to know that the penis has other functions, even if those functions aren't for him yet. Agree that cootie makes it sound bad or dirty.) To me, it's a body part like any other, but more special so we keep it private except for special things like going to the bathroom, or making a baby when we grow up, or touching it in privacy if we want to do that. If all the other body parts have proper names, calling these by names kids know aren't real makes them seem shameful or embarassing, and I do worry that they won't have a proper language to describe abuse if it ever happens, God forbid. But as was said, to each their own.
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I just used peepee and cootie as an example. Like I said before my boys just say privates. I dont think the 2yr old needs to call it penis, he would probably still sound like peepee or someting since he still doesnt pronounce things well. Again, the 8 yr old knows its a penis, and knows about vulvas and vaginas (being he was almost 7 when I was pregnant so LOTS of questions) but still most times calls it his private. And he doesnt talk about girls privates, atleast not yet, unless he has a question. Since Im the only female in our home, it doesnt really come up. But yes, It is a matter of preference. I prefer to hear the word private than penis coming from my 8yr old.

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Interesting story.
While I was talking to one of the techs about what the process is when getting my Rocky fixed, he said the word 'pee pee'. I was like wtf did he just say?!
I recapped w/ hubby & he just laughed....oy
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When I talked to the vet about Ed peeing on the bed and licking himself a lot I fully expected her to ask if he was licking his privates. He's a cat. Thankfully she said bits.
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I am going to flip if I hear any more lip smacking/loud-ass-chewing and/or snot-sucking-into-nose noises. CHEW WITH YOUR MOUTH CLOSED, GET A TISSUE AND SHUT THE HELL UP.
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