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.
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.