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Stuff Little Miss Says: Mah-nam-mah-nah!

I regularly meet up with a friend who lives down the street.  She has two kids so crazy kid topics come up in conversation often.  One day we were talking about body part identification.  I think it is important for kids to know what all the parts are named so they can communication about them effectively.  For example, its not going to help if your daughter has a problem peeing and thinks that whole area is called “down there”.  Good luck troubleshooting that one.
 
The funny thing is that I think I’m liberal about this stuff, yet when push comes to shove I cannot say the sentence “That is your vagina” to my kid. Really, I’ve tried several times and inevitably wind up feeling like the biggest chicken in the room.  My friend has a boy and a girl; she uses the phrases “lady parts” and “boy package” and that works for her family.
 
So in the very first shower time conversation, where I failed to use the phrase “That is your vagina” (see, I’m hoping if I keep typing it out, I’ll magically be able to say it next time), I wound up saying “That is your… your… lady parts”.  Ugh – facepalm.
 
So, I attempted to regroup, which meant that I ignored the issue for a few weeks, assuming that part of my brain would gain maturity if I left it alone.  Hah!
 
Fast forward some.  We are back in the shower, me and the kid. I’m working on the appropriate use of soap because Little Miss has a tendency to rub soap in her eyes and then shower time turns into a screaming sobbing drama fest, because getting water in your face is apparently just as bad as soap in your eyes.  So a double screaming sobbing drama fest.  (yes – we have kid friendly soap but little persons like to use the same soap as mommy persons and there we are).
 
So we are washing up, and playing the game “what am I washing”. I am going first to demonstrate good will.  “What am I washing?”  “Elbow!”  “Little Finger!”  “Belly!”  And then as I get to my chest area, I get hit with that same ridiculous feeling which I am determined to shake. So, when Little Miss says “What’s this?”  I bite the bullet and say, “Breasts!”.  Which she repeats, very cute.  And then, what’s that?  “Nipples!”  which she also repeats Am I going down a rabbit hole, I just don’t know any more.
 
So she chews on her new vocab for a few minutes and I figure any lesson taught needs to be taught well, so I do a comprehension check and ask her “What are these?”  and she goes “Mah-num-mah-nums!”  hah.  Ok.  Fine by me.

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