Choosing to teach kiddos to say things like “down there” when referring to their genitals can have far reaching effects. Some of these consequences include developing an “ick” factor toward their own anatomy, anatomical ignorance, inability to advocate for themselves around people who would bring (or have brought them) harm, as well as, sexual difficulties in adulthood.
Regardless of ones own level of discomfort in using words like vulva, vagina, and penis, etc., it’s never too late to learn ways you can provide your kids with the necessary information to live full, vibrant lives! I know a lot of parents really grapple with this. Has this been a concept that’s been hard for you?