Are you paralyzed when hearing the word “penis”?
Seems that my coworker and friend was quite taken aback that my sons use the word – penis. She couldn’t imagine HER 4y.o. son using that word because it seems like only adults should be allowed.
I guess it is sorta shocking or maybe even disruptive to hear. Honestly, my munchkins comment so much on their penises that I’m desensitized to it.
My husband and I made the decision to teach our boys the correct names of their body parts… arm, leg, foot, penis. Yet, somehow they became fixated on the penis. They go through periods where they love to play with it, handle it, jiggle it, pull it.
My 4 y.o. is especially aware that urine comes out of his penis and that he can direct where he pees. He mischievously jokes at bath time about where he will ‘put’ his pee.
“I’m going to pee on this carpet. I’m going to pee on this bed.” Then I give him a stern look after which he busts out laughing for reasons only he knows.
So, I guess he’s a perverted giggle box already? I wasn’t overly concerned since he only does this at bath time when he’s deliriously tired anyway. Until one day, he abruptly told his grandmother (also a preacher’s wife) that he was going to pee on her foot. You have no idea of the shame.
My two-year old isn’t immune. When the boys are taking a bath, he tells his brother, “Ooo. I see your boom boom.”
Aha, now that’s a body part I guess we didn’t get all clinical about. I guess I should have taught them to say “rear end”, “butt”, or “behind.” Yes, “behind” would have been good (why didn’t I think of that a couple of years ago?).
Besides the ‘boom boom’ reference, I didn’t prefer any of the other labels… like wee wee and woo woo and vajay jay and pee pee. Or my personal favorite – the “box” (that describes the vagina). I’ll admit, if I had a girl, I may have gone about this differently because I still don’t like hearing THAT word and even typing it makes me squirm. Vagina. (AARRGGH).
I do use baby talk to describe the human excrements, though. So we call urine “pee pee” and a bowel movement is “poopy.”
But (no pun intended) back to my office conversation, now consisting of a couple of women pondering the proper labels for children to call their genitalia. Clearly I am outnumbered and degraded on the mom respect-o-meter for having my boys use the word penis. And we wanted to get more universal opinions.
What do you think and/ or what word does your child use to describe his/her private parts?