How can I get my son to leave his penis alone?

Mercy - posted on 05/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 1/2. He spends a large part of each day pulling, yanking, and basically just exploring his penis. I know this is normal for boys, but I'm wondering how to break the habit. I have explained to him about his penis being private, that he should not touch it in public. I went over the meaning of public and private. I remind him all day long that if he wants to do that he needs to go to his room alone, since my 2 year old daughter is now getting interested and wants to touch it too. Pretty much, I spend most of the day telling him to leave it alone.
I could use some ideas on how to get him off of this.

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Kelly - posted on 10/06/2011

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This may not be good advise but in all honesty I tell my son that it well fall if he keeps touching it. He is about the same age. It generally works for a little while and its an instant stop. lol. it works....

Catherine - posted on 08/25/2011

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You actually used the same strategy I did. I asked him to respect his penis as private and to be touched only by him in the privacy of the toilet or bathroom or when he's alone. I read somewhere that it's a stage little boys go through - think it was webmd......anyway, if you or someone else knows something that works (for them to stop doing it in public), I will borrow a leaf

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