Home > School and Learning > By Subject > Science and Health > Human Biology > Bodily Functions: Teaching Your Preschooler the Body Parts
|

Bodily Functions: Teaching Your Preschooler the Body Parts

Many preschoolers regularly see their parents completely or partially nude—either coming out of the shower, getting dressed, or using the toilet. Yet some parents feel uncomfortable about exposing their children to their naked bodies.

It won't do your child any harm to see you naked as long as you remain relaxed and comfortable about your nakedness. Modeling comfort with (or even pride in) your naked body is not at all a bad thing for your child. After all, you want her to feel comfortable and proud about her body too, don't you?

If you don't feel comfortable being naked in front of your preschooler then don't feel obligated to do so. In fact, if anyone in your household (you, your partner, or your child) feels uncomfortable with nudity, then it only makes sense to respect and consider his or her feelings and cover yourself up. Your child can find out about the differences between male and female anatomy or the anatomy of children and adults in many other ways.

If your nudity prompts your child to ask questions about the different size and shape and hairiness of his or her genitalia compared to yours, reassure your preschooler that all the parts of the body will grow and change as he or she does. A comparison with adult genitalia may make your child feel somewhat inadequate. To avoid this, you'll need to reassure your child that his or her genitalia are just the right size and shape for now—and will be just the right size and shape when he or she grows up, too.

More on: Preschool

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parenting a Preschooler and Toddler, Too © 1997 by Keith M. Boyd, M.D., and Kevin Osborn. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
The AAP advises reading aloud to babies and toddlers because it boosts brain power and has many other benefits. Get some tips for making the most of story time with your tot!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

How to Survive Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters and tips for surviving until September.

12 Birthday Party Favors that Won't Get Thrown Away
The next time you're planning a birthday, forgo the penny candy and cheap toys. Send your guests home with one of these fun and creative party favor ideas!