Great piece over at Jezebel: OMFG Teach Your Kids Accurate Names for Body Parts Already
I’ve always said I would teach my children the proper names for their body parts. Like the author, I’ve always thought it was stupid how twitchy people are about basic anatomy. And it’s not just the parts in your pants, either. A person will blow their nose in such a way that you can actually see snot and not think anything of it, but as soon as someone sees a boob all hell breaks loose.
Here’s the part of the Jezebel piece that really hits me:
I just don’t understand the fear. And I don’t understand the shame. And worse, by trying to equip her properly for the world, I did not equip her properly for the world at all — the one that is squeamish about kids learning how their bodies work.
I want to teach my kids every single thing I know and I want them to learn even more things. But it’s tough for even me as an adult to find the delicate balance of being frank and honest about things while not offending anyone’s sensibilities. I’m just not sure I can teach a little child that. I’m not even should a little child should even know THAT.
I feel like knowledge of the level of idiocy around us every day is the real innocence I’d like to protect.