Your daughter is asking about getting her first bra, and your son comes home from soccer practice smelling like he's been digging on a road crew all day. What's going on? Puberty was awkward enough when you were the one going through it. So how can you help your child through all the changes? Sure, most of us know the telltale signs of puberty — hair growth in new places, menstruation, body odor, lower voice in boys, breast growth in girls, etc.
Part of the difficulty may be the need to acknowledge that children are sexual beings. The misunderstandings and secrecy about masturbation add to parent and child discomfort. By definition, masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is done by both boys and girls and is normal behavior.
Jump to content. Many parents are alarmed to find their young child engaged in genital stimulation. However, in young children, genital stimulation is not associated with sexual activity.
Discussing masturbation is an anxiety-provoking moment for any parent. This includes acknowledging that it is normal for your daughter to have sexual urges and interest. A good way to open the conversation is through books that discuss puberty and sexual topics in a frank and straightforward manner. Find out what your daughter already knows.