Of course one of the delights of parenting is that moment when you realise that finally you are going to have to face up and talk about their um, you know, well, bits.
It’s all very well being an adult and having worried about the correct term for these bits of your anatomy but what may work for a grown up in the context of marital relationships or a visit to the doctor juts doesn’t seem to work when faced with an inquisitive toddler.
So what do you do?
In our case we have managed to neatly side step the issue with the catch all ‘bits’ as in ‘don’t play with your bits whilst I’m trying to change your nappy’. The trouble is that I think we may be coming to an end of this and well, at some point they are going to have to be able to have a word for it all.
It’s also complicated by the fact that whilst we are a majority female house and they are used to naked women, they are still a little bewildered by why Daddy (and their cousins after a visit north to see them) have something else. The trouble with explaining that it is a willie is that you do rather leave the door open for a ‘but what do I have?’ conversation.
I have thought about other words to use but they do seem to have problems. The anatomically correct would be my preference and are all very well and good but doesn’t that mean you have to differentiate between please don’t play with your clitoris and stop tweaking your sister’s labia? And then there are the cutsy twee terms that I really am not sure that I can face using repeatedly for the rest of my life
I probably should ask local friends what the term mostly in use is around here and go with that, twee threshold permitting. It wouldn’t do to send her off to big school unable to understand what is being said.
But then there’s a part of me that just hopes I can continue to ignore it and carry on with our catch all.
What do you think? What do you use? Am I doomed a lifetime of some twee term that will make me want to poke myself in the eyes with a fork every time I use it?
And why is there not a generic word like a willie for a girl’s bits? This is so not fair.