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What do your kids call their private parts?

Updated on September 10, 2014
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Kids' Names for Private Parts

Parenting comes with a lot of little decisions that you never dreamed you'd be making, and one of which is "What will we have them call their private parts?" There are many euphemisms for both boy parts and girl parts, and it must be decided. Do you teach them penis and vagina (or more accurately vulva) or do you use another term (and if so which one)?

I recently read a little story of a Mom learning her little boy called his penis a wang. This made me laugh, and then it made me think about all the different terms that could be used, and which one parents decide upon for their kids. I searched the internet a bit and compiled a list of name people have chosen to teach their kids. What terms have you decided to use with your kids? Whether it's on the list or not, please share!

Personally, I don't like hearing the term penis, vagina (or vulva) coming from a little kid. So I would prefer that kids know the correct anatomically correct words, but that in common use they say something else. After all, that's what adults do.

Should parents use anatomically correct terminology?

Parenting experts love to tell you that you should only use the anatomically correct words with your children. However, there's a lot of things the parenting experts say that people don't exactly follow along with, and I think this is certainly one of them. I don't think it will harm a kid to call his penis a weiner, what do you think?

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  • dong
  • doodle
  • family jewels
  • frank (& beans)
  • goods
  • jiggy
  • johnson
  • junk
  • knob
  • Mr. Winky
  • noodle
  • package

Boy Parts

The name that little boys will used will largely be influenced by their Dad. Regardless of what Mom calls it, little boys will pay close attention to the terms that the man in their life uses.

  • parts
  • peanut
  • pecker
  • peepee
  • penis
  • peter
  • pickle
  • stuff
  • tallywhacker
  • thing
  • twig (and berries)
  • wang
  • wee wee
  • weiner
  • willy
  • winky
  • zipfy
  • bird
  • bits
  • dingaling
  • dobbers
  • doinker

Should parents use anatomically correct terminology with their kids in regards to their private parts?

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Sticking with the anatomical.

Sticking with the anatomical.

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    • Ryan's mom 13 months ago

      Well, the word peepee was the most common in my family, but with my sons we usually use the word "peeper" for their penises, mostly it's so there's a distinction between their penis (their peeper) and what comes out and goes into the potty (their peepee). My boys are all uncircumcised, and for some bizarre reason, my 5 1/2 year old seems to think that if he skins back his foreskin, (by doing so, making himself look like his circumcised friends) he goes from having a "peeper" to having a "penis", it really cracks me up, he'll literally stand in the tub saying "now I have a peeper" then skin it back and say "now I have a penis", needless to say, the parents of those circumcised boys used the proper term, which I guess is a good way to go, but I'm pretty sure anyone would be able to connect the word peeper to a little boy's penis if necessary. My 3 1/2 year old boy just learned to make peepee standing up, and as I'm sure you can guess, the two boys love going peepee together, the little one can't skin it back yet though, but it's funny how his big brother tries to show him how, he says, "go like this, you can have a penis like me", now we've made it clear to both that "touching your brother's peeper" is not okay, but it's just so funny hearing the two boys with their peepee talk. sorry TMI

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Peeps

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Penis.

    • kab 3 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @loudshannon1299: Yikes! Not sure I love that.

    • loudshannon1299 3 years ago

      floppy worm the ony reason i say that is because when he was little he compared it to a 'floppy dead worm' that has stuck with him for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      twinkle

    • JackNimble 5 years ago

      We used only anatomical names because if there ever was an incident of sexual abuse we want to make sure our kids can legally tell what happened and it would stand in court. My wife and I heard of this being important, but we never looked into it to see if it mattered in court, but to us it made sense they know and use the right terminology just in case. Call me over paranoid, but we live in a scary world with all the abuse cases you hear about these days in the news.

    • tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

      We used anatomical terms from the beginning.

    • Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      We used the real words. I don't think there is anything offensive if someone needs to talk about the penis or vagina. It is sort of the same as wanting your child to know that is his finger rather than callign it a pointer or something else.

    What term did you teach your child for boy private parts?

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I told my son to call it "massive wang" It paid off in later life

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I told my son when he asked me what his penis was and i told him banana then he told me why? he is only 4yrs old

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        weiner

      • miaponzo 5 years ago

        pee pee hose :) hahahahaha

      • Jimmie Lanley 5 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

        We use a generic term "private parts." I did teach my daughter the correct name, but, like you, I feel uncomfortable using/hearing that word.

      • bechand 5 years ago

        Kevin generally says Peepee or Privates, or Private area, but he does know some of the other terms - winky wiener and balls ... etc... but doesn't generally say them.

        we do not use the technical terms - that always sounds weird coming from child.

      • Debbie 5 years ago from England

        We had a winkie in our house. He's fully grown now and I think he has his own name for it LOL!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        We always used "tinkle" when he was tiny until he was older.

      • Joan4 5 years ago

        I'm a grandma now, but around here little boys say Mr. Bobo! of course, weiner and tallywacker too!

      • kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

        I don't have kids. I'm just the fun aunt, so I have no real occasion to need a word except perhaps if he's taking a bath, in which case I'll remind him to wash his armpits, bottom, and Guggenheim (or some other random word that makes him laugh).

      Amazing You: Getting Smart About Your Private Parts

      This is a great book to help kids learn about their body. It's great for teaching the anatomical terms, which I think kids should be aware of.

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      • pipi
      • pooter
      • tee-tee
      • tween
      • vagina
      • va-j-jay
      • voovoo
      • vulva
      • what-not

      Girl Parts

      • bunny
      • chi-chi
      • choo choo
      • cooch
      • coochie
      • cookie
      • coolie
      • daisy
      • fanny
      • flower
      • front bottom (I hate this one)
      • front butt (I hate this more)
      • fufu
      • gina
      • girlfriend
      • girly parts
      • hole
      • hoo hoo
      • hoo-ha
      • jojo
      • kitty kat
      • kooter
      • lola (?)
      • muffin
      • peach


      What term did you teach your child for girl private parts?

      What term did you teach your child for vulva or vagina?

      Sticking with the anatomical.

      Sticking with the anatomical.

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        • anonymous 3 years ago

          Vagina...but for some reason the word Mooshy came out of that??? I even tried saying the word vagina fast - and still no clue how she got Mooshy out of that one!

        • tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

          It's not nearly as much of an issue for little girls as for little boys, as girls often don't discover they have a "part" early on. But when necessary, I used the word "vagina" with my two daughters.

        We prefer a euphemism.

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          • anonymous 3 years ago

            If i had a girl i would probebly tell her her Vigina was a pussykitten

          • miaponzo 5 years ago

            I must be getting Alzheimers.. because I can't remember!

          • Jimmie Lanley 5 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

            Never even HEARD most of those words! Wow. We are boring -- regardless of gender, it's "private parts."

          • bechand 5 years ago

            Katie has a coochie. - hate those other words coming out of a little ones mouth !

          • Debbie 5 years ago from England

            Sorry about this kab but it's one you hate... front bottom :)

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            We always used "tween" as in "in between" while the girls were very young.

          • Joan4 5 years ago

            Somehow these names are easier for little boys - I can't remember any girl's names for private parts except "privates".

          • kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

            Again, I don't often need a word, but the one I'd go with is Hoo-ha. (and for some reason I felt the need to capitalize it.)

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          Words off limits for kids

          In my opinion, there are certain words that are off limits to teach children. Under no condition should a little boy call his penis a d**k or a c**k. And there is no occasion appropriate for a little girl to discuss her p**sy or c**t (the worst of the bunch). It seems obvious to most that these terms are off limits, and yet, some children are using them. Be careful what you say in front of children. Their ears are always on.

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              PottyTrainingWarning 3 years ago

              I say Kooter for a female toddler and peepee for a male toddler. When they grow up, I'd tell them the anatomical names of their private parts. It's also best to teach them those names for they will understand the basics of potty training.

              http://pottyeducation.com

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              Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

              About the only phrase I used with my son was calling it "private parts" and that worked well :)

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              miaponzo 5 years ago

              VERY cute!!!! :)

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              moonlitta 5 years ago

              Very interesting subject here... We don't have a special name yet, and probably will keep to the real name.

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              dogface lm 5 years ago

              English isn't my native language so this is new info for me. Interesting, haha. :D

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              sidther lm 5 years ago

              We have bits and bobs, a ball zone (recently learned at school), peepee, and "my good stuff", also he calls them Pieces.

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              Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

              Love those autom,ated ads - I was just looking for the derivation of tallywhacker and Ask has an ad:

              Tally Wacker

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              Perhaps not :)

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              tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

              Fun lens! Lensrolled to my Kids are Cute! and Battle Hymn of the Toilet Seat lenses.

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              irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

              More important than the name is to teach the child it is a PRIVATE part. Nobody - absolutely no person is allowed to touch it without mothers or daddys permission. That is safeguarding the child!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Looks like we came up with two expressions not on your list Kab :)

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              Joan4 5 years ago

              This is tooooooo funny! It will be great to see all the names from around the world!

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              Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

              Interesting debate. As I said, I'm for using the real words as it avoids any confusion.

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