Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Back to Blogging--Day 3

The SITS Back to Blogging Day 3 assignment is to re-post a blog with a title I'm particularly proud of! Cool! The post I picked is a recent one. I posted it on August 16, 2010. It's called The Vagina Dialogues. Here is the post:

The Vagina Dialogues

A long time ago, I read some parenting advice that said you shouldn't come up with cutesy names for private body parts. Kids should know what the appropriate names are. So, my daughter has known that her private body part is called a vagina for years. This hasn't been an issue until recently when she started referring to that particular body part quite frequently. She seems to go out of her way to bring it up in conversations.

For example, last week, my husband playfully tossed one of her barrettes at her, and she blocked it with her body. She yelled out, "I caught it with my vagina!" A few days later, as we were expecting my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews to arrive, we were playing a board game. She sat on some of the pieces and said, "They're hiding under my vagina!"

At this point, I realized that I needed to have a talk with her about discretion. I told her that "vagina" was a perfectly good word to use, but it shouldn't be used in front of guests or other people. I asked her if she knew why, and she correctly responded that it was because it was a private body part. She promised me she wouldn't just bring it up in conversation around other people.

I thought she understood, but the next day, she had her preschool boyfriend over (one that is on her tentative marriage list). Her behaviorist was over as well. They had made an interesting game out of having two giant T-Rex toys pretend to devour the Polly Pocket dolls! After the dinos had their dinner, they went to bed, then woke up to get dressed and go to school the next day. It all seemed innocent enough (except for the Polly Pocket carnage), but I missed a key bit of dialogue between my daughter and her boyfriend.

Apparently, during the "dinner" part of the play, my daughter shouted out that the dinosaurs ate the vagina of one doll and the "tushie" off another! Yikes! So much for my talk with her. The behaviorist instructed my husband and I to just not react when she uses that word in the future. No grimacing. No laughing. No lecturing. It won't be easy!

So that was it! Why am I proud of this title? Well, I think it's friggin' hilarious! It's also a great play on words based on the play, "The Vagina Monologues." Also, it really accurately describes the post perfectly! So, it's my favorite title so far! I hope you like it too.


  1. That was a great title...I even got it! It's so nice when you get a perfect title and don't have to wrestle coming up with one. Sometimes it's taken longer to come up with a title than to write the post...

  2. As a dude in a blogosphere dominated by mommies, I tend not to comment on posts with "Vagina" in the title. But the title and the post were hilarious. And that's not just my inner Beavis & Butthead talking.

  3. Fantastic post title ~ very engaging. I simply had to read on. Your writing is fantastic. The description of your daughter's choice-of-words had me giggling like a school-kid. I've read parenting advice on both sides of the argument (cute names vs. real ones), but this makes a thought provoking case for arming our kids with both!

    Thank you so much for participating in the SITS B2B Day 3 Discussion on Blog Frog!


  4. I remember this one well. Good choice.

  5. i thought this was one of the cutest stories I read this week and I've linked it up at Saturday Sampling http://www.halfpastkissintime.com/2010/09/saturday-sampling-september-18-2010.html

  6. It's perfect :) I followed the same principle with my kids. One day, while trying on a LONG string of "pearls" at my 80-year-old mom's house, my son Kyle (age 5 or so at the time) exclaimed, "Wow! It goes all the way down to my penis!" My mom blanched and quickly admonished, "We don't say that word in this house!" Coming from a woman with nine kids, that was pretty funny. Needless to say, it was a teachable moment we discussed in the car on the way home.

    visiting via Aging Mommy's submission on tonight's post at my place :)

  7. Eye catching and attention catching for sure, but heck! I couldn't, just couldn't, use a title like that on one of my posts! I'd be mortified. I'm just not together enough yet, I suppose!

  8. words and the way we use them is a curious thing.

    I'm thinking potty mouth stage happens even if you use the correct medical terms.

  9. I know what you mean about using the correct words for body parts - I cringe every time I hear Oprah call it a vajayjay. A what?? However, your story was a hoot! It was a fun story.

    Kristin - The Goat
    via Saturday Sampling on Mrs. 4444's site