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

Mercy - posted on 05/13/2011 ( 4 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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Laura - posted 3 days ago

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Catherine ---do you realize that you are equating a child 's body with a toilet ? rather let him know how beautiful and acceptable his body is ...one cannot wipe out the natural feelings of a child like the religions wish to
that causes great shame ,guilt and anxiety, perhaps for life...,,try being a nudist family why hide as bad,what God created ? did He make the body nasty,,,or is beauty or nastiness in the eyes of the beholder ?

Laura - posted 3 days ago

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what could be wrong here mom ?? i am mom of several boys...now do you let him know that his body is beautiful and NOT bad or nasty...the more you castigate him ,the more he will become obsessed and develop shame,guilt and great anxiety.. were you raised wit body shame ??little children do not know ANYTHING about sex this notion is a projection of an adult mind-set projected upon an innocent child...,he does it because it feels good...is normal... please find your common sense do not harm him ,but instead ,be kind also many moms never allow their children to be nude,,,and free ...and this can also cause great anxiety,,,the very best to you and yours

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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