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hi there! just a couple of questions to ask around:
1. what do you do when your toddler pees in the bathtub while taking a bath?

2. what do you teach your little girl to call her private parts?

thanks a whole bunch! ^_^

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mixedupbeauty
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
1. Keep washing them, urine is sterile so it's nothing to worry about
2. A vagina.

_iheartpicklez
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
1. Don't really worry about it too much

2. a vagina
alison_in_oh
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
1. Tell him he made pee. :P

2. My son has a penis (he calls it a pee pee or a potty though.) If I'm cooking a daughter, she'll have a vulva and a vagina.

When my baby brother was about 2 and I was about 6 I told him girls had a china, because I feared that it was inappropriate to teach him the full word vagina. LOL.
asaintedsinner
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
My aunt used vagina with my cousin, but at the time Chels didn't have a complete handle on her letter sounds and started calling it her "China". That name stuck around for awhile!
seymorebubbles
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
We taught my daughter the proper terms, but I call it her privates her "sperm donor" on the other hand calls it a "Coochie"..irritates me to no end..
areawoman
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
If I watch them pee, I'll drain the bath and refill it. If I don't see it, I guess it's not a big deal.

Vulva and vagina. What else would you teach her? Cooter?
improvise_me
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
1. Finish the bath and rinse, as usual.

2. My daughter knows vulva and she will also say 'privates'. Either one is very clear if anything ever were to happen.

My epic fail as a parent came when we brought my son home from the hospital and went to change his diaper. My daughter looked at him and asked what tha thing sticking out was, we told her it was his penis and she said, "Wow, his penis is bigger than mine!"

She's 6 years old, and we've talked about anatomy, but apparently it took that to set it in her mind.
mydwelling
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I call both my girl's and boy's parts a pee-pee.
wikkidpixie
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
2. I taught both my children to call their private parts by their accurate names.

My intentions were good with this, however public school and increasing age has made it kind of pointless. NO ONE else calls them the right names, and with classmates and tv shows making reference to 'wieners' and 'nuts' it's just plain frustrating to me. My daughter even calls her area 'nuts' because of kids movies and shows where they get kicked in the nuts. I have explained to her that she doesn't HAVE any...but she now refuses to use the real terms. I'm sure they'll outgrow it, but it's still annoying right now.
patheticinvader
Oct. 23rd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
I've heard parents refer to their boy's scrotum as their "nuts" and I think that's disgusting.
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alirose
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine I'd notice her pee in the tub. If it's yellow enough to notice that kids needs more liquids.

Vagina, although if I'm talking about her dirty diaper these days I usually say "you got poopie all up your crotch!" but I assume I'll stop saying that when she gets old enough to repeat after me.

Funny story: my co-workers were talking about this and all agreed that penis and vagina should be the terms used, but seemed horrified that I would say "butt" instead of something like "fannie". O_o
polly_purebred
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I never worry about pee in the tub. I have a little boy and once while chilling in the tub, he peed right in his own face! He wasn't fazed in the least. He hated that I wiped his face with the washcloth! =)

I personally have no problems with using cutesy names for private parts. We call his penis his 'winker' (or 'wink' for short) but we also call his feet 'piggers' so I don't see the difference. My mom used a cute name for our genital area and I still figured out the actual anatomical names. Sometimes people can get bent out of shape about that kind of stuff.

I'm just always reminded of the scene in Kindergarten Cop whenever this conversation is brought up:

"Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina!"

"Thanks for the tip!"
xx1121xx
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
1. laugh, if i notice it
2. i dont have a girl, but if i did, we'd call it vagina
patheticinvader
Oct. 23rd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's extremely important for children to grow up knowing the names for their body parts. My mom always called our female parts our "butt" and it really confused us when we were young, and now that we're older it's embarrassing for us to say penis and vagina around her. It shouldn't be embarrassing.

Anyway, I have a friend who calls her baby's vagina her "goodies". UGH. I think that's awful and gross. And I always think of that song "My Goodies" whenever she says it.
thiscantbesoy
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I don't really see why people are all "OMG IT'S SOOOOOO IMPORTANT not to use 'silly' words for anatomical parts!!!!11"

Why, exactly? It's not like girls will NEVER LEARN that their "hoohoos" are called vulvas or vaginas. It's not like boys will grow up to be 35 and tell their doctors, "My tinkler has been sore lately" or "My leelee seems inflamed."

So yeah, I think sometimes certain nicknames for your parts are just dumb or even embarrassing, but seriously, what's the harm in calling it a "pee pee" when they're 2?

I call my 12-month-old daughter's whole area her "bum bum" right now, especially because she likes to repeat it back to me and she sounds adorable. :) Later on, I will call it her bottom. When I was little, I called my parts my "front bottom."
dreamalynn
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Because 2 year olds, sadly, can be molested, and doubt can be placed on the validity of what they have to say when they cannot express themselves in a way that can be understood outside of the family. Pee pee is one thing, but calling everything front and back a "bottom" (without the "front" and "back" modifiers) or using silly words like cookie or bajingo or duffa doesn't do anyone any good.

We don't teach children to use slang words for their arms or toes or hair, why their genitals? It's a silly holdover from a puritanical belief that certain body parts are so scandalous that proper people wouldn't dare ever say the words, even a doctor speaking to a patient. But it's not 1870 any more.
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misspiggy381
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I say, "Look! You're going peepee!" then finish the bath as usual. I figured if I pointed it out to them enough while they were young they'd be able to associate the feeling with the word and hopefully that would help with potty training. Don't know if it actually works, but it can't hurt! :o)

We usually call it a pee pee or privates for now. I'll teach them the proper names when they're a bit older.
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