My 3 year old constantly plays with herself. I have read that this happens, but sometimes she is a little out of control. Anyone else have this problem? If so, what did you do? (for mine, just telling her to stop makes it worse)Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on Dec. 30, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)
Answer by Bearsjen at 7:58 PM on Dec. 30, 2008
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Answer by SLVN_Jen at 8:30 PM on Dec. 30, 2008
What is up with anon? Wow. Yeah, this is normal. Duh. Most of us will agree to that. It doesn't mean that it still is not upsetting when we actually notice that our child is touching their private parts. Especially if it seems often and a little obsessive. Is it really? Who knows. We aren't there. But continue to educate her that it is okay, she just needs to do it in private. Every time you see her doing this send her to her room. NOT to punish her. But to redirect her to a private place. Keep doing that. Also talk to her pediatrician who can also have a talk with her to reinforce this information. Even at this age kids think mom is lame. A pediatric psychotherapist can have a few sessions with her if she continues and the masturbation becomes inappropriate as far as frequency and places.
Answer by frogdawg at 8:54 PM on Dec. 30, 2008
cont...I worked with several kids professionally on this issue. It really is not a big deal most of the time. But when it becomes something that a child does say in church, on the bus, in class, in the living room...all the time - then intervention does need to put into place. Again, most of the time it really just needs to be reinforced a few dozen times and then that is that.
Answer by frogdawg at 8:56 PM on Dec. 30, 2008
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