Talking to your child about masturbation may feel a little awkward, embarrassing or even deeply uncomfortable. But these are necessary conversations for parents who want to raise kids with a healthy understanding of sex and their bodies. Instead of seeing it as a problem to solve, think of it as an opportunity to teach skills and concepts that empower young people to grow into sexually healthy adults. To help inform these conversations, HuffPost spoke to Cavill and two other sex educators about the best ways to talk to kids about masturbation, or self-touching. Here are their expert-backed guidelines and tips for parents and caregivers to keep in mind.
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Toddler masturbation medically known as infantile masturbation is a surprisingly common phenomenon in children between the ages of one and five. What is uncommon is new parents knowing what is happening and how to handle it in the best interest of their children. Toddler masturbation is not as illicit as the common term for the phenomenon may convey.
It is natural for children to express their sexuality and their interest in the differences between the sexes through their behaviour. Children are curious and always wanting to learn. One of the first things they want to learn about is their bodies. They are curious about why their body is different from a parent or sibling of the opposite sex.