Being the sole female in the house, I am the only one who has private parts that don't look like anyone else in the family. This did not go unnoticed by my sons, who, around the ages of two and three, began to ask where my penis went. The innocence of their question makes it one of those funny memories that we look back on and laugh. But it was also an opportunity to have a serious anatomy discussion and explore how our bodies work. If you're wondering how to explain vaginas to your son, don't worry — I've walked this road and it's not as uncomfortable as you might think.
Every family has their own comfort level with body parts, and children in different households have different amounts of exposure to bodies other than their own. However, most children are very curious about body parts and their functions, and offering them honest explanations takes any shame or taboo out of their curiosities.
Just because boys don't have a vagina, doesn't mean they shouldn't know about them and all the amazing things they can do. Taking the time to give them the facts will set the framework for future conversations and keep them from buying into any myths about vaginas that they may pick up from peers. If you're wondering how to have a productive anatomy conversation with your son, start with these seven ideas.