• Laurie

    Leta is definitely on to something with the taking the potty to the grocery store.
    When my kids were little I kept one in the minivan/suv for when we were out and about. Great for parks or long trips. Probably pouring the pee out in ditches etc. was not the greatest, but when toddlers got to pee they got to pee.
    Just visited Blurbomat and am still amused you have another croc wearer (besides Leta) in your home.

  • http://www.ittybit.blogspot.com Toyfoto

    I am so bad at this parenting stuff. I don’t think I’m going to be able to use a nickname let alone remember to refer to genitalia at all. My thought process is SO without … um thought. I’m going to have a tough enough time saying the WORD panties. The show and tell thing, I can do. Perhaps they’re hope for my kidlet yet.

  • http://www.eazarskeazar.blogspot.com ErinMqt

    I don’t know Leta, but she’s getting so big!!!

    Our word for private parts (of either sex) when we were growing up was “peeps”. You can imagine the problems this causes when Easter rolls around every year and those little marshmallow treats are everywhere. Or when a rap song comes out that says “I got all my peeps with me”. I have a good chuckle. Oh yeah, and we called boobs “noodles”. I laughed so hard that I was in tears when they introduced “fun noodles” for the pool.

  • http://www.digitalpretzel.com fred

    we use “junk” and “no-no” respectivley.. for some reason i think we could have come up with better names.

    there is a video called “once upon a potty” that worked in the potty training of my boy.. because it actually reffered to penis and vagina…. but he finds junk and no-no way more fun to say.

  • CKHilliker2

    What? Bucky is “outspoken”? I don’t believe it! :-) Ahh, yes, potty training… good times. Don’t worry, you’ll eventually cave and resort to bribing her with M&Ms. It’s what all good moms do.

  • Jannie Funster

    Ahh, one day they sit on the potty for the first time and before you know it they’re in panties and getting their first wedgie. Where does the time go?

  • http://www.therockhostel.blogspot.com freecave

    I hate to say it and burst the bubble, but I think that Homer Simpson invented the LaZee Boy toilet. Leta might have a patent suit against her if she’s not given the proper permission. Other than that, my ass is on the floor now ’cause I laughed it off.

  • http://givingmommy.typepad.com/giving_mommy/ katem9579

    G is also the same exact age as Leta and is learning. We arent really teaching just letting her do it wen she is ready. She comes with me every time I go potty and she sits on hers right next to me well except she never pulls her clothes down just sits there. By the way I think Bunky is fine. G knows hers as a toot and its all cute until she kept going up to everyone grabbing thiers going toot-toot. Sigh.

  • Nat W.

    Damn, I wish *I* had a toilet in front of the TV…

    And Bunky is so cute. I have no idea what I called it as a child…I’ll have to ask my mom what she taught my sister and I.

  • http://www.thegirlwho.squarespace.com TheGirlWho

    I am so thoroughly confused now.. my mom’s euphemism for penis is bucky.. I’m kind of digging Bucky for penis, Bunky for vagina.. they kind of go together. Sounds like one of those yuppie couples who went to Yale or Brown and played lacrosse and pledged sororities..

    Anyhow, I like bunky.. it’s kicky. Like a vagina with a sassy little beret.


  • http://hmckillip.blogspot.com/2006/05/why-you-should-not-teach-your-kids.html Heather

    I just blogged about this same thing a week ago! Unfortunately, mine was just about the fact that when your kids get older, you’ll hear the words vagina and penis way more than you ever bargained for! I wish I would ahve taught them a nickname for their parts, now I’m left with a six year old and three year old who manage to slip the words vagina or penis into our conversations on a daily basis. I’m sure my two year old will be joining them soon. Keep up the good work, and DEFINITELY stick with the nicknames for body parts.

  • http://kimbanelson.blogspot.com/ dancingnancy

    This reminds me of “High Anxiety” with Mel Brooks. Ya’ll should check it out. He refers to the vagina as a “woo-woo”. Classic movie.

  • http://www.eazarskeazar.blogspot.com ErinMqt

    One more…my college roommate called it a “pasquacho”.

  • http://www.katieeverybody.blogspot.com Katie

    My cousin had a cat named Bunky.


  • http://www.busytarp.blogspot.com Pixie

    Oh my Goodness!! I have just laughed my head off!!! I have taught my son “penis” for his own private part…. but I haven’t been able to teach him to say “vagina” yet! I tell him the difference is that girls don’t have a penis. (This is terribly hypocritical of me considering I am a huge advocate of female equality and a dyke at that!-hahaha!!!) Vagina just sounds…so official!!!
    Well, when I was little I called it a “poodle”-It can get worse. Bunky is kinda cute!

  • http://shoeism.blogspot.com Thérèse

    Bucky? Rilly? (giggle) Brilliant.

  • http://blueeyedbookworm.blogspot.com/ carrie

    A friend recently shared that she was telling her 3-year-old daughter the technical term for all her parts one day. When friend told daughter the word vagina, the little girl said “Well, that’s a beautiful word.”

  • nohomama

    Are you sure you don’t want Leta to call it a “taco box”?

  • Pete Eisenmann

    Oh My God! I laughed so hard I busted my stiches.

    My wifes side of the family called the female parts the “hoo-hoo”. No idea on the male terminology. I grew up using the terms “knacky” and “sackey” (female and male respectively).

  • http://cauri.wordpress.com Cauri

    hahaha! This post was endlessly entertaining!
    LOVE the idea of bunky and snuffleupagus! And hey, at least she enjoys her potty! Yay Leta!! Another milestone, almost reached! =)

  • jenlovely

    good luck to you. emma took forever to potty train. the only method that got her to go was to either let her run around bare butt (or with underwear) and insist she sits on the potty every half hour, and bribe her with incentives such as toys. it took about two weeks and thank god it’s over. she still has some accidents but it’s more about making it to the toilet in time then not wanting to use it.

    as for names for parts, we haven’t really conquered that yet. and for that i’m thankful.

  • sugapie

    In our house…momma has a “flower”, daddy has a “stinger”! How fun was that on the second day of pre-school when the teacher took me aside and said what is your son refering to when he says STINGER! NICE!

    A word of note about the potty you have for Leta…I had the same one and found that the hole wasn’t quite big enough when my little one had to drop a deuce and it kinda ended up all over the seat instead of inside. Kinda gross. GOOD LUCK!

  • http://www.journeyingthroughit.squarespace.com Beverlee

    When I once heard a woman ask her son if he needed to make some “magic yellow water”, I vowed there and then that I would never be such an idiot. Its always been vulva and penis at our house. End of story.

  • http://www.baddminton.wordpress.com BaddMinton

    Haha, love it! My parents have a great picture of my sister when she was little actually using her potty and “reading” a book, outside in the yard.

  • olivia

    Oh my. “Bunky” is how my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, brother and I lovingly refer to the little garage next to our cottage that was renovated into a guest house… hee.

  • http://www.lezzles.blogspot.fr Lezzles

    Go with the euphemisms, after all she’s growing up in a place where people “use the bathroom” (unless, of course, you all really shit in the bath).

  • http://www.mymixedcompany.com Lynnlaw

    Bunky is perfect. It reminds me of Bunker; which is really what a Bunky is anyway.

    I am really impressed! I have been reading a lot of these comments and they all seem nice. Was thinking you were opening of a real can of worms with this subject matter and that fact that even though you have taught Leta the biological terms you aren’t using them.

    Here’s to no spankings for you, Heather!

  • http://www.samantha-young.com Samantha Y.

    Speaking of parts … “Supreme Chancellor Palpatine”? Someone’s geek parts are showing.

  • http://mollysmom.blogspot.com mollysmom

    when we were teaching our daughter how to use the potty, NOTHING seemed to work. until she got brand new “big girl” panties in the mail from granny. she wanted to wear them immediately and we told her that she couldn’t until she went in the potty. that’s all it took. she started using the toilet immediately and has never looked back.

  • http://hibiscusfire.blogspot.com hibiscusfire

    when i was growing up in poland, they used to sit all of us in daycare on our little plastic potties…for hours, so we’d get the hang of it (and the daycare ladies could have their tea and doughnuts). my parents have pictures of that, just to make me feel super special.

  • Trouble in Mind

    Hilarious post and comments…

    When I toilet trained my son I actually did bring the portable ‘potty’ along. I kept it in the back of my truck and I’d have him pee in it before we went into a restaurant or shopping mall or anywhere that offered the possibility of having him sit on a public toilet – ewww. (His standing up & peeing lesson came later). Anywhoo, after he pee’d I’d throw in a maxi-pad to absord the liquid, toss the pad, use wipes to clean out the ‘potty’, then throw the ‘potty’ back in the truck. It really helped reinforce using the toilet & made avoiding smelly public restrooms very easy. Bonus? – it was a great way to get rid of the mondo size box of maxipads left over after childbirth.

    Of course poop made for a different cleaning challenge, but mostly this method worked really well for us – he was toilet trained in about two weeks.

  • kelly

    It’s always bothered me, and I may be the only one, how we say “penis” appropriately, but not vagina.

    When people tell children to call a girl’s parts “vagina” do they know that really only refers to the opening and vaginal canal itself? A girl doesn’t urinate with her vagina, and the whole area is called a “vulva”, not a “vagina”.

    It’s always bothered me when people say they teach their children the clinical terms “penis” and “vagina”, when that’s not even accurate!

  • Sean Duffie

    I remember the day in 2nd grade when one of my friends pulled me aside and told me what the name was for girl ‘parts’

    My first reaction was “CHINA? But that’s a country!”

    His only response was “Yeah, and it’s that big too!”

  • http://Mackadoos Mackadoos

    I think it’s hilarious, a potty chair in the living room! Every house should have one! ha!

  • http://www.monkeyinabox.net monkeyinabox

    What, no Hoochie Coochie?

  • Lora

    My son did the exact same thing when I was potty training him. The little potty was a rather permanent fixture in our family room for longer than I care to admit… and we taught our son the proper names for everything as well but he couldn’t say vagina to save his little life. It took me a couple days to figure out what “mountain China” was – I see another commenter had a similar experience, too funny.

  • http://www.pinkandgreengirl.com Erin

    Huh. What are the chances. I also mentioned “Snuffleupagus” today on my blog, but in a completely different, um, non-penile fashion!

  • cristina

    there is a band named bunky–there you go: picture your vagina playing a musical instrument instead of making a pot roast

    also, love the self portrait on flickr with the fabulous filigree earrings. think it should be on your “about me” page here at dooce.com

  • http://blog.mayoreric.com Underblog

    Re: Matlock and the long sit: She is her father’s daughter after all.

  • http://www.karihun.blogspot.com Karihun

    I have been waiting to share embarrassing potty stories about my husband and his family told to me by my mother in law… and hooray today is the day!!!

    My husband has a sister who is almost a year younger than him. His sister wanted to do EVERYTHING he did… including using the big potty. So my husband being the caring brother he is taught her to stand up to pee… well obviously this didn’t quite work out how either of them expected since his sister had a bunky. So my husband taught her to stand on top of the potty. Well the pee would still run down her legs and on to the floor…so his solution…. have her stand on the seat with one foot hanging over the inside of the tolet… so when the pee ran down her leg it would run IN the toliet… my mother in law told me it took her months to teach my sister in law to pee sitting down.

    Then there was the time my mother in law found out that my husband’s Grandma taught my husband how to pee on a tree… she was standing in line at the bank and noticed that her shoes felt wet… she looked over and there was her son peeing on the fake tree.

    I promised my dear husband I wouldn’t tell a single soul those stories… I kept my promise… I didn’t tell one person… I told the whole internet.

  • Anu

    hehehehe :-) laughed my ass of when I saw the picture. Add a tiny little fridge and a cup holder to that potty and she’ll be all set to watch football with her dad.

  • jenniwithanI

    In our house, boys had a “peanut” and our girl parts were referred to as “down there.” Like this mysterious, dark, faraway place! No wonder why I’m so screwed up. :^)

    I’m a social worker for Early Headstart, and I do home visits with families that have children 0-3. I don’t have children, yet, but my experiences have caused me to dread potty-training (or “toilet-learning” as we are instructed to call it!).

  • http://www.troll-baby.com Karen Rani

    Dooooce! This is not fair – I’m sick and now there’s snot everywhere. Lovely.

    When I was young, this mofo of a kid called me Bucky the Wonder Horse due to the fact that I looked like an upside-down rake. The teeth! Thank God for braces. I really should blog with pictures. It isn’t pretty.

    This post has to be scrapbooked. Fo shizzle. This one is a gem.

  • Laurie

    My mom is korean, and my dad speaks polish fluently, so my siblings and I were trained using the korean word for us girls and the polish word for the guys. to this day my sisters and I still giggle when we hear “joanie love chachi” I can’t spell it but the polish word for penis is kun-dinghy. Hee hee.

    This also means we learned to swear in 4 different languages (my dad speaks german as well), and more importantly order beer in 4 different languages.

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  • aprilbob6

    I hope you save that picture for use in her senior yearbook… and ps, I love the new hair do :)

  • babbling

    as usual I don’t have much constructive advice, because I normally just babble. I can say this though. We never had many “accidents” here because we tried to offer up the option of the potty, and still wait until there was self-interest and a desire. Seemed less stress that way. Our daughter has a “who who” still at 12 years old. Our sons, 16 and 7, have “turtles”. Little heads poking out of,,,,,,well anyhow.

  • http://www.drowninginkids.com drowninginkids

    My mom insisted that she teach my youngest son about the potty and all the business thereabouts. She tried in vain to teach him “bowel movement.” Now he wanders around the house saying he needs to “bumblefritz” and where oh where is his potty.

    I LOVE potty training.

  • kat

    “Correct anatomical designations” come with their own set of problems, as illustrated by this blog entry: http://thebigyellowhouse.blogspot.com/2005/10/its-very-very-fragile.html. I am DREADING potty training…

  • TxSuzyQ

    HA! Bunky…Bucky… both are very cute and funny at the same time.

    Bucky the Beaver! Is it me or has no one else put this together yet? Gahhh you people just aren’t on top of it today. Good lord please don’t make me come back and explain it too! =]