Did You Use Nicknames For Your Kids Private Parts or Use The Real Terms?

United States
September 21, 2010 5:34am CST
I have heard of parents doing both, but it seems more often than not parents make up ridiculous names for their kids to use to refer to their private parts and it can vary so much that some people can be totally confused by the kid if they, themselves aren't raising it and using/used to that term. I don't have kids but if I did I think I would want them to use the medical names for it. That way there is no silliness and they won't have to change how they address it later and some people think that the nicknames promote shame. which did you do with your kids? did you use a silly name till they got older or medical terms for that body part? have any silly names you have heard people use? do you think it makes the kid grow up feeling shameful?
7 responses
@SViswan (12072)
• India
17 Jan 11
We use the word in local language even when we are speaking in English. Our older son who is 10 knows the medical terms and when he asks a serious question pertaining to a private part, he uses the medical term. Our younger son who is 4 knows the terms in the local language but he's given it silly names of his own. He's a little clown and loves giving silly names to EVERYTHING including us and some of his favourite toys. I don't worry too much because he knows the names in the local language too and understands when we speak to him about it....and sometimes uses the word himself. He's the straight opposite...and isn't ashamed of it....in fact, we keep reminding him it's 'private'....and talk to him about the 'good/bad touch'.
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• United States
18 Apr 12
what do you mean "local language"? ive never heard anyone use that term
@SViswan (12072)
• India
19 Apr 12
English is not our mother tongue....and we speak Malayalam at home (which is one of the Indian languages).
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
21 Sep 10
I really don't remember...it's been too long since my kids were little but I probably gave them something to call it other then the medical term as I was easier for them to understand....my daughter does that too with her kids until she is at an age where she can understand a big more of the big words!
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• United States
22 Sep 10
I think until a certain age it may be ok but when they are able to use the technical ones then you should switch, but I don't have kids lol
• Philippines
18 Apr 12
Same here. Its just that the real names are not easy for smaller kids to utter and remember. But, perhaps, when they grow bigger and school starts to discuss these things, then we should synchronize.
• Singapore
22 Sep 10
I would say, if the kid is still small, maybe you can still use nicknames but when they grow older, PLEASE tell them the correct term otherwise they'll get ridiculed. The reason some parents don't use the correct term is that, they feel shy to say it out, perhaps. But they should know that the kids have to know it sooner or later and it won't harm them by telling them the correct term what.
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• United States
22 Sep 10
Yead no kidding! It's sad that people feel weird telling their kids the correct words,since they will feel weird using the silly words later on.
• United States
22 Sep 10
Since my wife is in the medical field we use the real names so they know exactly what their private parts are called. I know that parents use funny names because calling it the medical term makes them sound grown up and a lot of parents don't want that until its supposed to happen. We have used silly names before but it confuses them so we just use the real name, they are less likely to repeat it if they know the real term but a silly term can be said in error if they don't know the real name.
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• United States
22 Sep 10
That's good.. that way they won't feel stupid later and no confusion!
@maezee (31520)
• United States
21 Sep 10
Haha yes, totally! Well I don't have kids, but when I was a kid, we grew up with our moms saying the word "Part" - not "private part" and not any of the technical terms used to describe.. private parts. lol. But seriously, my mom used that word around me and my sister until we were like 12. Until we both took a health class and actually learned what it was called, we always thought they were REALLY called "part"!. Kind of hilarious.
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• United States
22 Sep 10
My mom had a ridiculous one for mine, and I didn't start using technical terms until later, which made me feel silly lol
@dpk262006 (56108)
• Delhi, India
21 Sep 10
You have a very valid point to make and parents often commit this mistake of telling unusual or unrelated names of a kid's private parts to him/her. It would be better to tell the real biological names so that they could remain aware about their bodies.
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• United States
22 Sep 10
Yeah especially if other people are taking care of your kids, since they may use different names or not understand the one your using.
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
21 Sep 10
i think we told them it was thier pee pees. been along time.. lol.
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• United States
22 Sep 10
At least that doesn't sound stupid unlike some peoples lol =)