Thursday, March 3, 2011

I know what boys like

We promote open conversation in our house and from the beginning when teaching our son, we have called body parts by their actual names versus slang. And yes, I know the difference between vulva and vagina but once my son heard the word "VOLVO" in reference to a car and shouted, "VOLVO...that's like the VAGINA!" No, not really, so let's stick with vagina.  We encourage openness but also appropriateness and my son has already told me to get a penis so you can see it works for you, and against you. However, I have no problem talking to our child about bodies,  body parts, however, I was not prepared for the following conversation occurred in my house this week:

My son: Mom, can I see your vagina?
Me: (inner monologue..umm, what did he just ask me?)

Him: Mom, can I see your vagina? (Because toddlers LOVE to repeat things, especially questions.)


Me: Son, we have talked about our body parts and our private parts. When we are in the shower, we can see our parts but since I am fully dressed, I am not going to show you.

Him: Please?

Me: I am curious where this is coming from. Can you tell me why you want to see it?
Him: Well, I just really love vaginas.

Wow, boys like vaginas? At that age? He is FOUR!  NO, he does not really know what he is talking about because it is not like he has seen them frequently, or like we have Vagina Party Day. But yes, sooner than we know it he will (see them. NOT have Vagina Party Day, unless he is a rock star. And apparently, some boys just know they love vaginas. Even if they are only four. Let's hope it is a VERY long time before he starts asking females outside this house that question.

37 comments:

DaisyGal said...

Oh Jen..wow. I am giggling and aghast. Mostly because I Am remembering that we too are extremely open about our bodies in our house . I can almost hear this conversation happening in my house. LOL
Go MiniMac ..just wait a few years to ask another girl and "please" and a Coach purse goes a long way ;)

the walking man said...

Are you certain MiniMac is really just not been watching too much of the Charlie Sheen interviews and reading too many of JohnnyMacs Playboys---you know for the articles.

Erin said...

And THIS is why I am a little scared to have kids. I can't even think of what I would have said..is laughing at your child okay? Thanks for the morning laugh!

Intense Guy said...

Well.... "Please?!?!??!"

:)


LMAO

Kat said...

Oh boy. I bet that one knocked you for a loop! I'm sitting here cracking up. Of course I'm not going to have to deal with his teen years LOL. And now I have to take some Ibuprofen, because I have that silly song from your post title stuck in my head. Kat

sharonheg said...

Just woke up...first thing I read today...and I got to LOL, to boot. Thanks!

Simply Suthern said...

LOL, Now aint that special??

Raised here in the conservative south we were never that open. I am still waiting on The TALK.

So I learned my special word on the school bus, innocently used it in front of my Parents FRIENDS, At CHURCH, TWICE. Needless to say it beat me home.

Holly said...

All hilarity aside, I really respect your approach the calling body parts by their appropriate names. So many children grew up using all kinds of silly words to describe these parts. Your kid sounds well-informed. ;-)

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

OMGOMGOMG... I'm soooo happy I only had girls! ;)

Good luck with that, JM! heehee

KittyCat said...

Wow.
Im speechless. That was too fucking funny.

I cant hardly get my soccerboy to talk to me about girls and he is 16.
We are an open household too. there is no sugar coating things. but
for some reason the soccerboy just does not like talking about that kinda of shit with his mother. ; (

Jen said...

Hey, the boy knows what he likes! I still would have totally blushed if he asked me that though. Heck, I blush when boys my own age, who aren't related to me, as me that question!

Kathy said...

I love honesty of children. Don't ya just wonder at the things heard at day care.

Scrappy Girl said...

OMG. That is too funny. Love it.

Eva Gallant said...

Seriously? I think you need to start stocking up on condoms for miniMac, soon!

ModernMom said...

LOL Oh my dear..you are going to have your hands full with that one!

Kristina P. said...

I am a big fan of using proper names. I work with kids who have been abused, and it's really important to teach them the proper name in the event, heaven forbid, something were to happen that they had to describe.

I need to make an appointment with the Lady Business doctor!

Pricilla said...

Let's hope he has teachers who respect calling body parts what they are as well or your poor son will be caught up by some prudish and woefully backward "educator's" sexual harassment suit - heaven forbid.

MommaKiss said...

know why I'm all smiling over here? We haven't told the kid what my 'parts' are.  It's just called "not a penis" and I pee from my bum - boys pee from the penis. They can yell that word any ol' time they want. But we're not dealing with the vagina monologues any time soon (thank god!)-

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

This made me "LOL!" As the mom of three boys (who also believes in using the proper names for things), I've been asked some pretty similar questions. Maybe by the time they start asking actual sex questions, I'll be better at pretending it's not awkward. :)

HalfAsstic.com said...

Ohmigawd... And so it begins.
And to all those people who think that it's so much harder to raise girls due to the tendency to be over protective of their sex? BOO-YA!
Heh. I hope you are keeping a journal of some kind detailing all the pearls of wisdom that drop out of that child's mouth. I really think some of the best reading in this house is a sheaf of emails my mom printed from me with all the bizarre and funny things the girls were saying when they were around his age.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

I taught my kids that honesty is the best policy always, no matter what. You're being very honest with him in teaching him things he needs to know in life. But who would have thought that would be a topic for conversation??? :o)

Brenda Susan said...

Haha! Every time I drive over a certain bump in the road near here I recall my 5 yr old son saying, "This hill makes my penis tingle!" !
Happened 20 years ago!

Wow, that was awkward said...

Do you think that line would work for me in a bar?

The Vegetable Assassin said...

...or at your next dinner party. :)

Kato said...

HAHAHAHAHA!! I love kids.

Diane said...

As a mom of two boys, I found this hilarious!

Some friends of ours, who also have 2 boys, were seated in a restaurant once by a young, beautiful hostess who was showing a little cleavage. After they sat down, the youngest of the boys leaned over to his dad and said, "I REALLY like that crack right there!"

Aren't boys fun?!

Maria said...

Oh my goodness! That quite a statement from a four year old.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Let's just hope he doesn't as a teacher someday (especially in high school). lol!

webb said...

Just what day is the Vagina Party?

Ed said...

That's a boy after my own heart.

I wanted to ask you the same question.

ajm said...

My nephew drew a pic of my sister (his mom) in his first grade journal. She got it at the end of the year. The pic was her naked, and that's not the worst part. It included much detail of her badly in need of a bikini wax! She died a little then.

MommaAmma said...

It's so good of you to be open with him. We used "private" in place of vagina until Happy Bear came to school to talke about welcome and unwelcome touches. Happy B teaches body parts too. I was volunteering in class that day. Of all kids, my son yells "BACHINA!!! I WANT TO GO TO BACHINA!!!". Really Son? Even though I told you there are teeth in there? Oh wait, he meant the country. Whew!

Kristy said...

I am laughing out loud literally! Love it!

secret agent woman said...

Hm. May be time to stop the coed showers!

gayle said...

Kids say the cutest things!!! I love this!

About 6 months ago my grandson who was 3 1/2 said "I love my penis".

I about died!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I guess they really are born that way.

Mrs. Tuna said...

Glad he didn't say twat maybe.