The Importance of Teaching Body Parts to Little Girls

October 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

Puberty and adolescence is never easy. It’s that awkward stage everyone undergoes while growing up. You aren’t an adult yet, but you’re not a child anymore. Biologically, your body is growing but it isn’t in proportion yet. So there’s a chance that your trunk is longer than your legs, or vice-versa, which is a nightmare for any teenager just wanting to fit in.

What many may not realize is that it’s almost as uncomfortable for the parent as it is for the teenager. It might be especially difficult for first-time parents of the opposite gender. You know as parents that it’s your duty to at least start the lessons on body knowledge and body image, but it’s understandable that you can lack the confidence to do so. It’s been a while since you were a teenager, and you might already have forgotten the problems and drama of that period in your life.

Nonetheless, it is important to teach your little girl about her body parts as soon as she can understand. Here are a few reasons why:


1. That Harry Potter Quote

Which one? “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself”. While we may not necessarily fear our private parts, teaching children about the correct term for their body parts will let them know that it is not criminal to talk about it. Vagina is not an offensive term, and there is nothing wrong with using this word.


2. More Appropriate Than Vulgar Slang

Teaching your daughter the proper names of her body parts will teach her that it is alright to use these terms when this is the topic of discussion. She will inevitably hear vajayjay, cunt, pussy, and the other words listed here but when she always hears that you use the proper terms in conversations, she will imitate you. That will save her from having to use inappropriate terms in conversations with other children (or adults).


3. You Become Yoda of the Body Parts

Children think their parents know everything. If they start to become curious about their body because they hear their friends use other words, then it’s your cue to establish that you are the right person to ask about these issues. Use this opportunity not only to teach your little girl about her body parts, but also about how she should value her body as well.


4. It Will Help With Emergencies

If your daughter suddenly tells you that something hurts “down there”, it can lead to panic. When she tells you her vagina hurts, it can still lead to panic but at least you know where to bring her. You can have an easier time telling the doctor or the nurse what pain she feels and where.


All these just show why it’s important that girls are taught about their body parts earlier in life. It is an essential part of their physical, and intellectual growth process. Only if you make a big deal out of it does it become a big deal. If you don’t know how to start, you can use anatomically correct dolls to teach this process. Why not use the American Doll to help you? You can purchase one for a cheaper price using your American Girl Promo Code found in these sites. It will help you teach your daughter not just about her body parts, but about the history of the country as well. You and your child can also watch educational television shows like this, which aims to answer curious questions about the human body.