Alexandra Carlton November 03, Sometimes, kids' games head into the nude-and-rude territory. What's normal and safe and what's not? We thought it was hysterically funny - though we also had a vague notion that it was a bit naughty and rue. Er, rude. There was absolutely nothing sexual in it. It was just six-year-old girls being a bit silly and curious. Her mother agreed that it did, but seven-year-old Lena wants to check for herself. She writes:.
Childhood is yet another time of youthful innocence and your children could be overwhelmed by the glory of first experiences. Young sisters touching themselves usually on their private parts can be shocking. This classic exploration should, however, be transient and stops as the child grows older. Children are inquisitive by nature. They are taken much into discovering weird things in their adjacent environment.
What to do as a parent
Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. At what point does "normal" childhood sexual exploration become sexual abuse and exploitation? My four-year-old daughter told me last night that a friend of hers touched her private parts and put her finger inside of her and looked at her with a flashlight. She also told me this girl told her that's where babies come out. Having a baby seven months ago, I told my four-year-old that the baby comes out through the belly button. The girl who did this to her is almost nine.
Jump to navigation. You can find help to determine if sexual play between children is a problem. When presented with a sexual behavior in a child, it is not always obvious whether or not the behavior is anything to be concerned about. Knowing what is developmentally expected is the first place to start.