Thursday, December 07, 2006

Kids say the darndest things.

Got any funnies that your children have said. Here's one of my favorites:


Several months ago when I was changing Benjamin's diaper, Arianna noticed that he had a different anatomy than her own.

Arianna: "what's that, mommy?"
Mel: "that's his penis."
Arianna: "well... do I have a penis?!"
Mel: "no... girls have a vagina."
Arianna: "oh, ok"

Days (maybe weeks) passed and out of the blue on the way to church...
Arianna: "hey daddy... boys have a penis and girls have 'ginas."

After we laughed a good long time, we tried to explain that she was right, but that we have to be careful when we share this anatomy lesson with others. Yeah, right... like a 2 year old could understand that. For several months, Arianna would openly and freely share her new bit of knowledge with anyone at anytime she felt. It was terribly embarrassing, yet sorta funny.

A few more months go by and Arianna eventually stopped talking about this difference between boys and girls. That is, until Cassandra was born. The midwife had left a pretty significant piece of umbilical cord on Cassandra and of course Arianna saw it immediately.

Arianna: "mommy, is that a penis?"
Mel: "no... that's her umbilical cord."
Arianna: "so is Cassandra's a boy?"
Mel: "no... (sigh), that's just an umbilical cord, not a penis. Cassandra's a girl."

No matter how much I tried to tell her it was an umbilical cord, Arianna wouldn't believe me. She was dead set that Cassandra was a boy because she had a penis. Oh my, you should have seen her reaction the day that the midwife brought scissors for us to cut the umbilical cord off. We snipped it and Arianna about had a heart attack.

Arianna: "YOU CUT OFF HER PENIS!!!!"

I don't think I have laughed so hard in my life.
Eventually, she got over it and accepted the fact that Cassandra was now a girl. :-)

***I know some people have been taken aback that RD and I teach our children the actual names of our body parts, but we do so for two main reasons:

1- IF anyone ever tried to sexually abuse our children (and we pray to God that NEVER happens), but if... then our children would use the correct words when telling us about the incident. At our church, everyone that works with minors is required to watch a child abuse protection video before serving. In the video, they suggest that parents use the right words when identifying body parts. They gave an example of a child who was "petting the neighbors puppy" when actually he was being sexually abused by the neighbor. The abuse continued for a long time because the parents didn't realize what their child was trying to say to them. He wasn't taught the correct words.
2- we also don't want our children to identify their sexuality as being dirty, naughty, or evil. If we're nervous or hesitant about discussing it or calling it what it is, the child may think it is something to be ashamed about. Yes, it's private and we teach our children to regard it as such, but we also don't want our kids to think they can't talk to us about sexuality because they think that it's a "no no" subject.

2 comments:

Mel said...

Here's another one:

This AM when eating breakfast, Arianna looked over at me and said very matter of factly that, "Uncle Jamie does the 'Safety Dance', mommy" (ya know, the '80's song). Where she comes up with this stuff, ahem... Kris, I'll never know!

Mel said...

The other day, all of us were in the car and out of the blue we hear Arianna say this to Benjamin: "That's sin, Benjamin! You need to share your books!"