Age Appropriate Gender Names

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Registered: 04-28-2009
Age Appropriate Gender Names
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Tue, 04-28-2009 - 1:02pm
My son is 4 years old and from the beginning, I have taught him to
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 04-28-2009 - 5:10pm

We told both kids the proper names for both male and female parts however we also talked to them about how they are private and it makes some people uncomfortable if we use those words in public (outside of the home/family).

When a gf's boys started obsessing over the names for private body parts she told them they could only use those words in the bathroom. Her mil had heard the boys using the terms and she was mortified and her boys thought it was hilarious to see grandma turn red. Having to go into the bathroom to say the words made them lose their appeal.

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Registered: 04-28-2009
Wed, 04-29-2009 - 3:29pm
thank you much! i just want to make sure i am teaching him the correct way to refer to things and i know kids will try to be funny at times with the new things they learn. for my son, it's become this thing now that he makes it a point to let us know (family members and friends) who has penises and who doesn't!!!