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Can I see? Don't go into a long explanation. Like if they're getting ready for bath or bedtime, he'll come tell on her "Mommy, she's trying to touch my penis.

From a clinical perspective, masturbation is only thought to be a problem if it is over-frequent, compulsive or done in public.

I'm shaking my head in disbelief as I write because I can't believe that such innocuous things have become the subject of so much vitriol.

OK, maybe I'd only have an extra ten or so dollars, but you know what I mean.

She simply wanted to to find out what a vagina looked like.

Advertisement If kids are taught shame and embarrassment about what's essentially a normal part of development, who knows what the repercussions might be.

I don't think it's necessary that you tell her what constitutes a good choice

Masturbation is normal and healthy for toddlers and people of all ages, but it will take time for younger children to remember to only do so in the privacy of their bedrooms.

Can I see?

Her genitalia are often sore from the friction and we have to apply Sudocreme.

The school has since shuttered — although they're saying it's because their director is leaving — and the community is baffled and outraged.

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Is something — or someone — stressing her out that much?

Atkins has co-authored several books including the award-winning, Talking to Your Kids about Sex.

By preschool age, kids express their sensuality more overtly, doing all sorts of things that make their bodies feel good -- whether it's running as fast as they can, splashing in water, or finger-painting.

Parents are normally embarrassed about it and often confused as to how best to respond.

Will developing a happy, healthy sexuality be more difficult for them?

Some good times to talk to your children about personal safety are during bath time, bedtime, and before any new situation.

That's something you do in your room, not out here amongst others.

It affects my ability to lie down beside her and read her a story.

For some children it can become a relaxing strategy they use to get to sleep at night.