When I speak to Gavin, I rarely use baby words or made up words. Even if he created a word for a specific object, I generally use the correct word for that object in reply. So when it came to teaching Gavin about his private parts, I decided to teach him the anatomically correct term – penis.
One morning, while I was using the bathroom, Gavin walks in on me (I have a habit of leaving the door ajar so I can hear him in case he calls me). This was the conversation that ensued…
Gavin: I can see Mummy’s penis.
Me: Mummy doesn’t have a penis. Girls don’t have a penis. Only boys do. You have a penis and Daddy has a penis.
Since then, Gavin has been paroting me saying:
“Gavin have penis, Daddy have penis. Only boys have penis. Mummy don’t have penis. Girls don’t have penis.”
Then recently, he added the following to the end of his sentence:
“They need to buy one.”