My 3 1/2 year old is very curious about his body and others.

Priscilla - posted on 07/12/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have caught him numerous times naked with other kids and I remove him from the situation and tell him that's private. Will this pass soon? It's uncomfortable for me and I'm sure for the other moms. I know it's "normal" and "common" but does anyone have any advise for a GREAT way to handle this?

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Olivia - posted on 07/12/2012

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My son is 2.5 and recently he has been pretty curious about that sort of stuff as well. I think it will pass eventually, but I honestly don't think it's a problem for him being around other naked children (the ones he knows well, of course, like his cousins or close friends) as long as them and their parents are comfortable with it too, obviously. I also like to make it clear to him that his own private parts are his own only, and nobody apart from himself, Mummy, Daddy and the doctor should be aloud to touch them.

I'm actually a paediatric surgeon, so even though he's very young I also want him to know some basic biology, for instance 'girls are different to boys, this is how...'.

So overall, I'd have a quick chat about how boys and girls are different, and it's OK to be naked as long as nobody is uncomfortable.

Gina - posted on 07/12/2012

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I think it's safe to say this is normal curiosity/exploration. You are doing the right thing by quickly removing him from the situation without making him feel guilty or bad, scolding him or making him feel ashamed should be avoided. However I do think it would be good to talk to him at his level and answer any questions he may have, reinforce your explanation as to why he should keep those actions private. .

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