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Do You Use Proper Words?

Date: May 7, 2013 Categories: Blog

Proper Words


What words do you use when you talk to your child about their private parts? Do you use euphenisms or do you teach them proper names?

Pediatricians and other professionals who work with children overwhelmingly support teaching children proper names for their “private” parts. Using nicknames can imply that these body parts are shameful and dirty, and can make victimization of children easier for perpetrators.

Proper terminology gives children ownership of their body. When children know and use the appropriate words for their body parts they can more easily disclose abuse. Furthermore, children are more empowered to identify when they are being inappropriately touched.

For more information on proper names, read these articles:
http://www.today.com/moms/just-say-vagina-using-correct-body-part-names-empowers-kids-6C9551650

http://m.parenting.com/article/tips-child-sex-abuse-prevention#bmb=1