I have thought of doing this post for the past several months but didn't want to risk offending anyone. After my daughter told me the story of Keiti, I decided to combine both stories.
Experts have said that when we talk to our children about "delicate" subjects, we need to use the proper terminology. We've had 2 beautiful baby boys born this past week. Both boys were circumcised. Each time a diaper is changed, Vaseline is put on a gauze and placed over the circumcision to prevent sticking and promote healing.
Four-year-old Keiti watched Mom change baby brother's diaper.
Mom asked Keiti to get the Vaseline and gauze. Keiti asked why and Mom told her it was to put on his penis. Keiti looked confused and asked, "What is a penis?" Mom told her it was what they call his "potty". Keiti furrowed her brow then said, with a smile, "That's such a cute name for it!"
Hang on while we go back in time over 30 years. My 80 year old grandfather went to his doctor. The doctor, during examination, asked my Grandpa a question about his penis. Without missing a beat, Grandpa looked the doc in the eye and said, "Doctor, I'm just a common, ordinary man, you DON'T have to use your medical words with me!"
Now we know WHY it's important to use the proper terminology.
When we think of each other...
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