Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Face it...boys have a penis and girls have a vagina

In our house...I've taught my kids the actual names of their anatomy. Some use "PP", "privates", "weener"...all the cutesy little names kids call their nether-regions. My parents called my vagina a "ya-ha". WTF? What the hell is a "ya-ha". Well, it is not uncommon in our house to hear the following phrases:

"Mom, she kicked me in my penis!"
"Mom, he threw the ball at my vagina!"
"Mom, there's something in my penis!" (see the post titled, 'There's a splinter in your WHAT?!?')

Anyway, I personally don't think there's anything wrong with kids saying 'penis' and 'vagina'. The same way saying stomach and tummy are the same...so are "PP" and 'penis'. Let me back up...my kids don't just run around the house yelling "PENIS, PENIS, PENIS, PENIS"...well, I mean, sometimes they do...but, they definitely don't do it in public. And, for pete's sake...they're not dropping F-bombs!! These are appropriate words for their anatomy.

A little while ago my kids were in the Kids Klub while I was teaching yoga...I went to pick them up and Avery was in time out. The overworked, underpaid, wrung out looking pleasant child care worker explained to me that he had said the word "penis". I asked in what context and she said, "He came up to me and said that Jack hit him in his (she leans in to whisper the word) penis." I immediately turn to Avery and say, "Oh man, is your penis okay?" The lady didn't think it was very funny.

My point is, I think people are too sensitive to those words. Of course, there are times that using it is inappropriate...like if they run out of the bathroom right after a shower, jump in front of the tv, and with the carefree glee only a 4 year old possesses, they exclaim, "Look at my penis!" I agree, that is a little too much. And, in my defense, that is something that we're trying to stop Jack from doing. But in the appropriate context...I have no problems with my kids saying penis and vagina. In fact, I quite enjoy the look on people's faces when they hear my kids use those words.


Thomas said...

When I was 13 years old in summer camp, a 14-year-old boy told me I had a "big pee-pee". 14 years old and still calls a penis a pee-pee! If he were 3 or 4 years old, I would understand, but after about age 5-6, it doesn't sound right. I most certainly would not expect a teenager to call the genitalia such an infantile name. When I was 8 years old, a girl, then 6, said I have a wiener and she has a tee-tee, a word I have never heard before. She also showed me some pornography.

KAL071203 said...

my children use the correct terms as well...and sometimes my four-year-old likes to act the same as yours...but we as well are trying to curb that...lol i think it's a boy thing!