There is a disturbing trend that has reared its ugly head in the last few decades or so. I’m no parenting expert nor do I hold a psychology degree but with almost twenty six years of parenting experience, I do have something to say on the topic. It is merely my opinion but I think we can all agree: ……I’m right.
Some parents believe it’s acceptable and even wise to teach their little darlings to call private parts of the body by their real, anatomical names. Big mistake. HUGE!
There’s a very good reason why I disagree with this practice: I never wanted to hear Daughter #1 or #2 tell a woman in the supermarket, “I have a v_______. Do you have one too?” And I can guarantee you, that phrase or something equally mortifying would have come out of their cute little mouths.
Personally, at 50 years old, I’m still not comfortable using the “p” word referring to a man’s (what my mother taught us was a) “fella”. So if I can’t say it myself, I sure don’t want to hear it out of the mouth of a four year old.
So what did I use instead? Not really the creative sort, I stuck with “pee pee” for both a girl’s and a boy’s …….well….. pee pee. I couldn’t bring myself to use my mother’s “fella" because every time I heard someone say they were bringing their “fella” home to meet the parents, I got a completely different mental picture. Sometimes I refer to it as the ever-popular “thing”. And then of course there are the bottom and the boobies.
So dear readers, if you have young children in your life, please restrain yourself from using the “proper” body part names. There’s plenty of time for them to learn those words. For now, let’s all be cute and fun and say words like “hoohah” and “fella”.
Let’s all agree to agree with SMB. Nothing good can come of doing otherwise. Listen to me and the world will be a kinder, gentler place.
Love and Kisses,