* FYI & warning: this post is full of language used to describe various body parts. the words are used accurately.
i love capturing little conversations i hear at our house...
here's one that could be heard after bath one evening between bear and dear hubby.
bear: why do i need balls and a penis?
DH: they have two purposes, for peeing and making babies.
bear: making babies? how do they do that?
DH: well, it's a long and complicated answer, and i will tell you another time.
bear: oh, ok.
the whole thing makes me giggle.
we're very open and honest with the kids about the human body; what it does, why it does it and so on. unfortunately, dear hubby experienced a serious brain fart for the correct term for balls (which is scrotum just in case you are wondering), and so things were left at that. typically we try to be accurate, so as to avoid embarrassment later on. i would be mortified if my kids called their penises "wee wee's"!
the words for private parts don't just roll off our tongues, but even still i think it's important to be accurate. and, in case your wondering about what a vagina versus a vulva is, read this. most of us are incorrect with our language for the female genitalia, without even knowing it!
we thought that by being clear and concise with our language now, we will avoid further confusion or embarrassment when the really tricky conversations about sex, sexuality and love arise. and saying, vulva or scrotum without blushing in front of your teenager has got to be a tricky thing! although, maybe it's ok to blush in front of your kids when talking about this stuff, because maybe it humanizes it... i dunno, not there yet with my kids! what do you think?
what kind of language do you use to describe the anatomy with your family?