The Birds and the Bees When to address sex

Q: My parents told my son that if he touched his private parts, they would drop off. What should I do?
A: The difference between generations in handling sexual development can be wide; it is now more clearly understood that curiosity about the body is a normal stage of development, and old anxieties and taboos have been relaxed.

Your first priority is to let your son know that touching himself is not wrong, and will not result in anything bad happening to his body. Explicitly tell him that his penis will not fall off so he is absolutely clear about this. Now may be the opportunity to talk about privacy and when it is okay to touch himself. You could explain that his genitals are sometimes called his ...

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