This is why I teach my daughter to call it "vagina" and not some silly nick name.

I have heard them all...

Cookie, wee-wee, suzie-Q, hooha, peter, rinky dink, front, pee pee....

As a parent to one outgoing little five year old girl, it can be a bit overwhelming to envision letting her out in this big scary world. There are predators creeping around all over the place and I want her to know how to protect herself from them. This is the main reason I think it is extremely important to use the proper term for all of the body parts, but there are more.

Here are six reasons not to nickname your child's private parts.

  1. Children can tell an adult exactly what was touched rather than my "cookie." It can sometimes be disregarded when a nickname is used, especially if the child is shy and doesn't want to say any more. There is no denying "he/she touched my vagina/penis."

  2. If a child says "Stop! Don't touch my penis!' they are more likely to back off. They can tell that this child has been educated and empowered with knowledge of their body and what is and is not allowed. For more body safety info click Here

  3. When discussing with investigators your child will be able to give the most accurate info. It is much more likely to convict the perpetrator if taken to court.

  4. Having other names for your child’s private parts could teach them that they shouldn’t speak about them, and/or that it is rude. This could, potentially, lead your child to believe that they must keep any inappropriate touch a secret.

  5. Teaching your children the correct names for their body parts allows them to tell a trusted adult or doctor, with more accuracy, what hurts in an instant they become injured.

  6. Using the correct anatomical terms helps explain to children the changes to their body as puberty kicks in. Body parts such as the penis or vagina should be as “everyday” to your child as any other body part, for example, an elbow or nose. As they hit puberty they will have a better understanding as the changes begin without feeling embarrassed about it.

In summary, we must educate our children and empower them to be comfortable in their bodies. Teach them to recognize the signs of a perpetrator and how to speak against the abuser or after an unfortunate instance of abuse. We must prepare them for the body changes that occur during puberty and provide them the tools to adapt to the changes with confidence!

#bodysafety #bodyconfidence #teachyourchildren

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