Name Body Parts and Explain Privacy
Words like "willie" and "girlie bits" may seem cute, but teaching your child the actual names of body parts can help alleviate the fear and mystery of this area. From there, you can take steps to help them understand which parts are private.
"As young as 4 or 5, parents can teach their kids about body parts and privacy via developmentally appropriate ways, such as books, stories, and pretend or 'role play' practices," Dr. Duarte said. "Helpful books and stories may include those that teach important social skills or concepts through pictures, illustrations, and simple words. These are commonly used to teach children concepts such as maintaining appropriate personal space and understanding their body parts and privacy."