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Riverwalk Tue 17-Feb-15 19:55:26

As a mother of two sons, gran to a boy and a girl and a still-practising nurse I can't believe that I have to ask this but, to cut to the chase, when with your GD how do you refer to her genitals?

I have GD(5) staying with me for half-term - at bath-time I was helping her to dry and and asked if she'd done her 'privates' properly - yes grandma, I've done my 'bits'.

It was so simple with boys and I was always precise ..... it was a penis.

Mothers of girls please advise!

HildaW Tue 17-Feb-15 20:00:09

'bits' sounds fine to me, sort of matter of fact...neither to fanciful or too gynaecological - pretty sure its what my daughter uses also.

Katek Tue 17-Feb-15 20:02:45

It's 'bits' in our house as well

tanith Tue 17-Feb-15 20:19:58

'Bits' it is .

FarNorth Tue 17-Feb-15 20:24:33

My DS & DiL say 'girl-bits'. (Also vaj!)
DGD only just starting to talk, tho, so don't know how it'll go later on.

rosequartz Tue 17-Feb-15 20:27:11

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kittylester Tue 17-Feb-15 20:40:13

It was twinkle in our house - I must check what the DDs say to their girls!!

Bez Tue 17-Feb-15 20:41:09

Funnily enough my DGD came and said something to DD this evening and referred to her bits as Foufou - she is a young adult so I imagine that is what her age group call it.

Mishap Tue 17-Feb-15 21:08:38

One of my DDs when about 4 was examining her bits and announced "There's a label down here" - OH and I came up with various suggestions as to what the label might say! - "Handle with care" maybe!

Galen Tue 17-Feb-15 21:28:25

I think fou fou is french?

Mishap Tue 17-Feb-15 21:32:49

My mum used to refer to my bits as Pamela - I was always a bit puzzled when I met people of that name!

MiniMouse Tue 17-Feb-15 22:17:51

My MiL referred to it as her undercarriage.

rosequartz Tue 17-Feb-15 22:45:27

Whatever her DP use perhaps?

Ana Tue 17-Feb-15 22:52:51

Exactly. Ask your DIL what she'd like you to say.

Anya Tue 17-Feb-15 23:05:42

My DiL (and hence my GD, also aged 5) refer to their tuppence! Never heard that before. My GS (8) was crying in pain because his younger brother kicked him in the 'no no zone'

Ana Tue 17-Feb-15 23:27:52

I've heard the phrase 'keep your hand on your ha'penny', Anya, but not your tuppence!

harrigran Wed 18-Feb-15 00:08:41

Bottom, front and back.

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 00:48:25

Inflation Ana?

Iam64 Wed 18-Feb-15 08:28:21

Part of my work involved training police and social workers on interviewing children who alleged sexual abuse. The number of words children use to describe their genitals can get in the way of understanding what they're trying to tell you. I'd never heard "flower" as a description for your tuppence!

If only we all used vagina/penis smile

Riverwalk Wed 18-Feb-15 08:39:16

But vagina would be incorrect Iam the external genitalia is the vulva.

No wonder there's confusion and 'bits' is used instead!

Coolgran65 Wed 18-Feb-15 09:04:10

Front bum and back bum.

AlieOxon Wed 18-Feb-15 09:13:07

I remember telling my two girls the (official)words for their various 'bits'....but a little later they hadn't got one of them quite referred to her 'liquorice' and the other to her 'ticklish'!

whenim64 Wed 18-Feb-15 09:13:40

Same here, Iam64. Introductory training exercise (bet you had the same one?) was to get one male and one female to lie down on a sheet of wallpaper lining, get someone to draw round their profile and then give them 20 minutes to write on the paper all the different names and euphemisms for intimate parts of the body. The list was endless, but they ended up with some knowledge of how children refer to those body parts. The important thing is that children know the correct words, even if they don't use them as frequently as professionals would prefer.

Soutra Wed 18-Feb-15 09:48:43

It makes me think of that wonderful line in "Calendar Girls" where Annette Crosbie says indignantly that there will be no "front bottoms"! shock

gillybob Wed 18-Feb-15 09:54:14

My DGD's say "FouFou" aswell Bez They are 7 and (almost) 9. We had a giggle when they watched the film The Aristocats when the french horse called Miss FouFou came prancing along. The girls thought it was hysterical that a horse should be called after their girly bits. grin