A: Children as young as 18 months old masturbate, and it is a natural behavior —for both boys and girls - that physicians will tell you generally causes no harm. It is common and frequent in young children, particularly as they become preschool age and have more control of their motor movements and are more conscious about knowing what they like and what feels good. The frequency of this behavior tends to decline as children enter elementary school, and then increases again during puberty. Doing so allows you to convey information in little pieces at a time, which not only helps your child to learn better but also allows both you and she to get used to talking about it and it sends the message that it is alright to talk about it. Parents should start by talking about the different parts of the body, making sure to use anatomically correct names instead of pseudonyms, in order to show that there is nothing wrong with these parts of the body and that it is alright to talk about them. Harris, to guide them through the process.
My 3-Year-Old Son Has Started to Play with his Penis. How Should I Handle This?
My 3-Year-Old Son Has Started to Play with his Penis. How Should I Handle This? • ZERO TO THREE
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Parenting Resource. Q: OK, my son is now 3 years old and has started to play with his penis. I have never seen this topic discussed. How do you explain privacy to a small boy and get him to keep his penis in his pants?
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