When a baby boy discovers his penis, parents like to joke that he takes after dad. Unlike past generations, lots of today's moms and pops received sex education and talk openly about the subject without blushing. Many families use the correct names for body parts and initiate conversations with their kids at an early age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a report about children's sexual behaviors, listing those that are age appropriate. According to the guide, it is completely normal for children between two and six to do any of the following on an infrequent basis:
- Touch/masturbate genitals in public or private
- Look at or touching a peer's or new sibling's genitals
- Show genitals to peers
- Stand or sit too close to someone
- Try to see peers or adults naked
If you want to chat with your children about sex and their bodies, consider some of the following texts.
Some mamas and papas are sticklers for using the anatomically correct names — penis, vagina, breasts, etc. — for private parts. Other parents prefer nicknames — pee pee, tee tee or chi chis, etc. — when talking about the human body. Though she knows the "dictionary terms," I often refer to my daughter's rear in fun loving ways — as tush or bum bum. What terminology does your family use?
My thighs are my problem spot. I work really hard doing lunges and squats but no matter what, they never seem to get as toned as I would like. I have since accepted them for what they are and appreciate that they help me walk, but man, why won't they tone-up? We all have that one part of our body that, no matter how much cardio and resistance training we do, just does not want to tone up. So what is your problem area?
Look again. These aren't the decomposing remains of a deceased person, but loaves of gourmet bread up for sale. Kittiwat Unarrom is an artist and baker in Thailand who has specialized in crafting lifelike head, feet, hands, toes, and then some. As long as it looks dead, he does it— and people are eating it up. Kittiwat's bakery averages one hundred visitors per day! (Who are these customers?!)
When you take a yoga class (especially Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Jivamukti classes), sometimes the instructor will call out the names of the poses in their original language, Sanskrit. Here's a list of some body parts in Sanskrit, so you can get familiar with them. Knowing these Sanskrit words really helped me to remember the names of certain yoga poses.
Pada - foot or leg, as in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana A (Extended Hand to Big Toe pose or Standing Hand to Big Toe A)
Angustha - big toe, as in Supta Padangustasana (Sleeping Big Toe pose)
Hasta - hand, as in Padahasthasana (Foot to Hand pose)
Sirsa - head, as in Sirsasana (Headstand)
Janu - knee, as in Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee pose)
Karna - ear, as in Karnapidasana (Ear Pressure Pose)
Anga - limb, as in Trianga Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana (3 Limbs Facing 1 Foot Western Intense Stretch Posture or Half Hero Forward Bend)
Pincha - chin, as in Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
Sava - a corpse, dead body, as in Savasana (Corpse pose)
If you're lucky, your instructor will only use the Sanskrit names of poses, so after hearing them over and over again, they'll become ingrained in your brain. It's still okay to call poses by their English name too - it doesn't matter what you call them, just as long as you're doing them, right?