Why I’m Unqualified To Teach My Preschooler About Private Parts
I recently read a post on BonBon Break emphasizing the importance of teaching your children the correct names for private parts. Sheepishly I recounted the names we were using in our house: front hiney, back hiney, ice cream cone, ball thingy. Needless to say, I hopped online immediately to get the book that sexuality educator Megan Maas suggested for teaching preschoolers the correct male and female anatomy. Sadly, once the book arrived and the moment of truth came, I realized that my skills were a little lacking.
This is the tale of my weak attempt to teach my daughter correct names for the genitals (I squirmed a little just typing that word). I am sharing it with you in hopes that my shortcomings may help just one parent out there more effectively discuss labias, scrotums and testicles with a wide-eyed 3-year-old, without gagging, laughing or scarring them for life. Bring your sense of humor, and read on for the full story!
ABOUT SUSAN: Susan Maccarelli is a temporarily retired sales and account management professional who has been a stay-at-home mom since 2010. As mom to 2 toddlers, wife to a work-from-home husband and executive director of the Maccarelli family meals, activities, cleaning, laundry, shopping, real estate endeavors, travel and general errands, she derives constant inspiration for Pecked To Death By Chickens from the little annoyances that pop up daily as she tries to keep an eye on all the moving parts. Susan enjoys travel, reading, cooking and talking about herself using the third person. In fact, Susan is writing this bio about herself right now.
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