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Referring to genitals with children

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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby Indiana » 31 Dec 2013, 13:30

My Mom used the word 'coolie' when we were kids...it is Italian slang for 'butt' I think, but she used it to refer to both that and genitals. It was good because if she used it in public, no one knew what she was talking about. :)
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby Vay » 31 Dec 2013, 15:20

hansioux wrote:
antarcticbeech wrote:
Vay wrote:Most are monosyllabic except for the joints, and thus very child-friendly and vernacular-sounding.


Toenail :eek: , instep :eek: , buttocks :eek: , nipple :eek: , stomach :eek: , forearm :eek: , armpit :eek: , forehead :eek: and belly button :eek: :eek: :eek: .


shoulders, nostril


Ok smartasses, I was talking main parts, and certainly none of your counter examples except maybe "nostril" and "buttocks" (most kids wouldn't know either of these, and who the hell except doctors say the second one) have that sort of medical textbook sound that "testicles" or "vagina" have. And incidentally, a shoulder is a joint.
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby superking » 31 Dec 2013, 16:11

There is the all encompassing word, 'bits.'

Don't play with your bits.
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby Petrichor » 31 Dec 2013, 21:31

StuartCa wrote:for my boy i use "willy" but never have been exposed to young girls I have no idea what term to use with my daughter.
edit - i just read this webpage where "cooch" gets a recommendation. have to say i quite like it.
http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/ ... magazine27


:eek: Thank god for that.

We're 'willy' and 'bits' here, too. As in, leave your bits alone, stop fiddling with your bits, get dressed, visitors don't want to see your bits, your bits are hanging out etc. etc. Penis sometimes, and testicles, but not often.

I understand the reasoning behind giving genitals their 'proper' names but we have common names for most of the rest of the body and getting stuffy about genitals only adds to the slight uneasiness around talking about them.
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby TheGingerMan » 31 Dec 2013, 23:16

Weird question.
I used to use the local versions, when they were young. But they're old enough now to know some of the slang.
I'm just glad it is not quite at the stage where certain naughty bits become more active due to hormones. That's where the locker room terms shall enter the fray.
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby Chris » 01 Jan 2014, 01:01

My parents taught me "penis" and "vagina" when I was a kid. I learned the other words from my friends and schoolmates.
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby Petrichor » 01 Jan 2014, 05:28

Vagina is inaccurate, though, unless referring specifically to the inner female genitals. I'm not sure why this caught on.
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Re: Referring to genitals with children

Postby divea » 01 Jan 2014, 14:55

Whatever you call it, how you say it is important. You should say 'does your penis/wee wee hurt?' Just like you would say 'Does your eye hurt?'. I see a lot of lowering of voices and hushed tones when parents talk to the children about their genitals or the bathroom. Upto 4 and if your lucky even 5, children are not shy naturally. So you don't have to be either. Follow their lead.

Back to the tone...if you're hesitant about genitalia conversations, the kid will pick up on your body language. So be adult about the whole thing.
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