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I’ve written before about how teaching my children the correct names for their body parts has been one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I’ve ever done. I thought maybe we had passed that phase with my oldest, but it turns out that I was wrong. Still just as funny. And embarrassing. Because these discussions¬†always¬†happen in public.



Last week, I was at school with my three-year-old, and we were looking at a globe together. He would ask where we lived, and then point to a country and ask me what it was called. We had gone through several countries all over the world, when he pointed to a large Asian country colored in green.


“What is this one called mommy?”


“That country is China.”


“Mommy! You have a va-China!”




“No honey, this is CHINA. A country, not a body part.”


“Oh, your va-China is what you use to go to the bathroom?”


“Yes. That’s right.”


“And China is on the globe?”


“You got it. Let’s find another country….”