So, when you reveal your discomfort with your daughter's sexuality, you're unintentionally teaching her it's either something to be afraid of or something to be disdained. Her internalization of your esteem for her will also be one of the things that gives her the confidence to be true to herself so she can make decisions in pursuit of her personal happiness on all fronts. There's absolutely no way she can stay your little girl just so you can remain comfortable. It's a celebration of his male sexuality -- it will be a point of pride that he's a heartbreaker. If you don't call her elbow her "Over There," then don't refer to her vulva as her "Down There. Whether we're talking about the idea of teaching your toddler the accurate names for her body parts during bath time, educating your 8-year-old about menstruation or discussing sexual behavior as your teenager is getting ready for a date, dodging, squirming and wincing aren't reactions that are going to help your daughter feel comfortable in her own skin or confident about who she is. Remember, if it weren't for menstruation, you wouldn't even have a daughter.
And if you're uncertain about the anatomical terminology, invest in the two minutes it will take you to Google it. The tone you set in your home can either negatively complicate how she believes she deserves to be treated by the opposite sex, or it can ground her in her right to be treated respectfully. In both my clinical practice and my private life, whenever men share their fears for their daughters' sexuality, it tends to go something like this: Let her know you understand her sexuality will be an important part of who she is throughout her life and that you want her to always be comfortable in, and proud of, her body. As her father, you have the power to make certain she knows your love is steadfast, and that she won't have to choose between your love and her maturation. If you don't call her elbow her "Over There," then don't refer to her vulva as her "Down There. I do want to stress, however, that it isn't all about safety. Be thoughtful in the way you speak to your sons about girls and women, and set limits on appropriate language. And it isn't said with contempt. If you back away, there's a danger she may think it's her fault. You'll also be directly or indirectly teaching her you don't want to be involved in knowing that part of her, and that will probably create distance in your relationship. From the impact of a seemingly innocuous playground comment to the violent extreme of rape culture, this is why your daughter needs to know you value her sexual worth. When she's little, don't avoid using the correct names for her body parts. If the two of you have talked about it from the time she was young, when she's older, you'll already have built a shared comfort level with it. The solution is to raise our sons to respect girls and women. None of this will enhance her self-esteem or her ability to believe you love her unconditionally. So, on the road to raising a happy, confident woman, here are three things your daughter needs from you: When my daughter was a toddler and we were at the playground, it would be very common to have an adult approach the mother of a toddler boy who, by society's standards, would be considered beautiful, and say with a smile, "Oh Tell her you weren't raised to be comfortable talking about sexuality, but that you're going to forge ahead because you never want her to ever question your regard for her wellness and happiness. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. They slam their eyes shut in an effort to make it stop. A study in the journal Gender and Psychoanalysis found that preschool-age girls were more likely to have been taught the word "penis" than any specific word for their own genitals. Your daughter's body image is well worth those seconds. That's the G-Rated childhood version, but your daughter will swim in a sea of similar messages throughout her life. Let her know she should be treated with the respect she deserves, and that it's your honor, as the first man in her life, to set that bar high.
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