Canesten recently contacted me to ask me to be involved in a campaign of theirs ‘The Mummy Conversations’. The campaign is about normalising intimate health conversations between parents and their children.
Canesten believes that if you feel more comfortable with your own body you are more likely to reach your full potential. I can understand where they are coming from with this.
Self confidence can be such a huge factor in so many things in life and feeling confident in yourself and understanding your own body can make a real difference.
Children go through so many changes in their bodies as they get older and head towards adulthood, and unless we talk to them about what is and isn’t normal as far as their intimate health is concerned, then how will they know? Personally I would always want my boys to learn these things from me rather than from the internet or from mixed up word of mouth from their friends at school.
The boys know that no matter what the issue in their lives, whether physical or emotional, that they can come to me or Si and we can talk about it. This is how I always intended it to be and I am glad that being open and frank with them has meant that they don’t feel embarrassed to talk about more delicate things with us.
Most of the Canesten campaign and posts such as Thrush Symptoms are aimed at women and girls. This is because on the whole things like Thrush do tend to be a lot more common in women, but did you know that males can actually have Thrush as well?
Along with a range of other issues that can occur ‘down below’, both boys and girls need to be taught that it is okay to ask their parents or a doctor about these things. That it is okay to talk about intimate issues and to be given the vocabulary to do so.
Willy is an easy non offensive sounding one for boys. However, I have to admit the ‘V’ word is not one that I ever use and I am solely not using now as I don’t especially want people coming to my site from google looking for such things … I’m sure you know what I mean.
Whatever names you give to your intimate parts, Twinkle, Noodle, Foo Foo, Winkie, Minnie, ‘boy bits’, ‘lady bits’, down below, etc etc – this list could become rather hilarious. Just make sure that your child has a word to use if and when they need to discuss any issues with you. Any word that you and they feel comfortable with.
If using a different word makes you feel more comfortable discussing things with your child then there is nothing wrong with that. We can give them the correct vocabulary as they get older, but the most important thing is to actually have those conversations. There may be some giggling, some cringing etc from both of you, but don’t let it stop you.
Luckily my own mother was very open about these sorts of issues, although I used to find it hilarious how much she struggled to find a word to use that didn’t make her cringe, as she spoke to myself and my sisters.
Understanding their own bodies and knowing that they can talk to you about anything can be a real confidence boost for a child, especially as they get towards the teenage years. Don’t you agree?
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