The other day, while visiting with my grandmother, my 22-month-old daughter required an expedient diaper change. Little did I know, that this moment in time would provide me with the perfect opportunity to exercise all the things that sex-positive moms do differently. I continued my conversation with my "grams" while simultaneously taking off the baby's diaper and preparing a fresh one. As soon as my daughter's old diaper was removed, her hand went (rather immediately) to her crotch (as it often does, because kids are wonderfully curious and fantastically free from the confines of a patriarchal society that has ridiculously assigned particular stigmas to certain body parts.). "What's this?!" she asked delightedly, only she wasn't really asking. Instead, she was merely prompting me to engage her in the discussion she wanted to have and, honestly, one we've had many times before. "You know what it is," I replied. She smiled. "Vagina! My vagina!"
"Yes, darling. That's your vagina."
"My vagina," she repeated, "I touch! You touch? Noooooooooooo! I touch myself!" My grandmother laughed the way she does whenever she thinks I'm doing something sort of insane but ultimately harmless and clearly out of her control because I'm the mother and she's the grandmother (like my black lipstick phase).
"Not even two and she knows that word. What ever happened to wee-wee?"
"She knows the words for her head, arm, and toes, too," I pointed out and then, as unpretentiously as I could, clearly and unapologetically said, "We use anatomically correct language with kids. I mean, honestly, what's wrong with 'vagina' or 'penis'? They're just body parts."
"Well," replied my grandmother, "I'm getting an education."
When my husband and I talk to our children about their bodies (and, truthfully, all bodies in general) we do think of it as being a part of their overall education. The words we use and the approach we take to certain topics like body autonomy and sex and relationships, are carefully considered. Sex positive parenting is something that is incredibly important to us and, as a result, that means we sometimes do things a little differently than what our society has considered "normal". So, with that in mind, here are 10 things all sex-positive moms do, because (sometimes) going against the grain is the best possible option.