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….”