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"Boys Have A Penis, Girls Have A Vagina"

Tub time is raising all sorts of questions 'round these parts.

Remember Kindergarten Cop with that loser, cheater, governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger? He’s teaching the class and the little boy says “Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina.”

That was the first line that came to mind when Violet pointed at Henry’s Business (with a capital B) and made an inquiry.  Not my best motherhood moment but I was totally unprepared!

Private parts are starting to be all the rage around these parts because Violet watches me bathe Henry and also because we are officially attempting to potty train and she watches me very closely.

The training is in the early stages. She has a potty and every time I need to utilize the facilities I invite her along to sit on her potty while I sit on mine.  It’s like I’m a rock star. For peeing!  She jumps around excitedly waiting to hear the telltale signs of pee. “IT’S COMING! IT’S COMING! IS IT COMING? IT’S COMING!” And when it comes, oh boy, you never saw such excitement over pee. Well, unless you’re into that sort of thing and I have it on good authority that some folks are into that sort of thing and… well… that’s just gross.

So back to the subject at hand; what to call the private parts?

I don’t want dorky little kid names for the parts but I think penis and vagina are a little too clinical.  Or are they? They are, after all, the appropriate names for said parts. I remember reading a string of comments somewhere in which several people said their parents called their private parts everyday words, I think one woman’s parents called her vagina a ‘doughnut’ and she said doughnuts were forever ruined for her. Can you imagine? A life in which doughnuts are gross? Tragic!

My parents called mine a “girl’s bottom” which is kind of weird. I can always opt for nonsensical terms like the name my parents gave for a penis: bucky. But bucky feels weird and stupid too.

Help me! What are you calling your kids’ private parts? I don’t want to give my kids a bad association with a real word (doughnut!?) and I don’t want to use dorky made-up terms, so am I really going with penis and vagina?

What do you got?

Also, just for kicks, here’s the awesome Kindergarten Cop clip:

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