My 3-year-old calls his penis his ‘wee-wee’, but my sister says he should learn the correct term for it.
I think ‘penis’ sounds too clinical, and I also don’t want him going around talking about that.
Your sister’s right.
Children should be taught the standard terms for all their body parts, including the ones that many adults are nervous about naming – private body parts.
He probably doesn’t call his hand his ‘bang-bang’ or his foot his ‘walkie,’ and it’s time to teach him that his penis is his penis.
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I can’t. It’s too hard. Nobody likes me. I need you to do it because I’ll do it wrong. I’d really like a pencil like that but I’ll never be able to have one. I can’t do anything right. I have a stomachache, that’s why I didn’t clean my room. My teacher’s dumb, that’s why I got a C. It’s not fair; you don’t love me. Whine, mope, and complain.
STOP!!! I can’t stand it!
Pretty soon we feel like the victims of our children’s victim mentality, and it’s too easy to react from our irritation (which only reinforces victim mentality) instead of our duty to help our kids take responsibility.
So let me give you some tips on how to nip this behavior in the bud.
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