The words we should never use for your children’s private parts! Including Willy

So, it has come to that time in your child’s development where they are curious and you need to teach them names of all the body parts. However, most parents like to give their child’s genitals different names. The words we should never use for your children’s private parts! Including Willy is an initiative being run by the NHS of Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They want parents to start using the words Penis, Vulva, bottom and nipples instead of a variety of different names.

Such names that are usually given range from willy, mini, flower and front bottom which are factually horrendous – especially front bottom. I mean, you don’t exactly take a shit out of it. What names did you teach to your kids?

BATHTIME - this is where the nicknames are made. Words we should never use for your children's private parts!
BATHTIME – this is where the nicknames are made.

 

The initiative run under Sandyford, said the following regarding words we should never use for your children’s private parts.

“As you’ll know, there’s a fair bit of personal care involved in the pre-5 years, particularly from toilet training onwards, when you’re helping your child learn to wipe and wash their bottom and penis or vulva, so there’s everyday situations where you need accurate words to help your child learn new skills. It’s also the natural stage to help children start to learn that these parts of the body are private and what behaviours from and towards them are appropriate.

Primary schools now introduce the universal terms for private body parts at Primary 1 – penis, vulva, bottom and nipples. They have done this because they need to have a common language in school that children have permission to use and that is accurate. Some nurseries now use these terms with children.

Many adults were not taught these words growing up and can feel uncomfortable using them as they can be thought of as ‘sexual’ words.

Young children do not have these associations and usually consider these words to be as normal as ‘hand’, ‘leg’ etc.

If we want to be clear about what children mean when they talk to us about their body and touch, then we need to teach them accurate language”.

The Sandyford initiative is concerned that children will grow up uncomfortable to talk about their private parts should parents shy away from such discussions at an early age. In addition, having some many different nicknames for genitals can prove to be extremely difficult for children and can confuse them.

What are your thoughts on this?

Words we should never use for your children’s private parts – is this a load of rubbish or do you see the benefit to it?

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