Boys exploring themselves:)

Tracy - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a four year old son that has just realized the wonders of touching his penis. I want teach him that this is only done in private, but my husband thinks it is super funny and talk about it without laughing. (Mature, I know!) Anyone have any advice for me? How do I get this through to a four year old?

Thanks!

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Tracy - posted on 01/22/2009

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Thank you to everyone for your comments.  I know we'll get through this, it's just nice to hear it from others.  Thanks:)

Shawn - posted on 01/22/2009

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Both my boys went through this....I found that the more I reacted in any way, the more they would do it. I found when I didn't give a reaction for a period of time, it just phased out on its own. I did tell them that it was okay to explore their body, but not every place was the right place to do that.

Amie - posted on 01/21/2009

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I told my older son that they are called private parts for a reason. We keep them private. It's ok to touch, just do it in your room or in the bathroom. It's tricky because you don't want them to think there is something wrong with it, but keeping it private is important. Stay consistant be calm and matter of fact and have your hubby try to contain his laughter and he'll get the message eventually!

Kirsten - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son started this much earlier. I just told him that we do not play with it when we are away from home or when others are at our home. I also wouldn't make a big deal out of it when he did it as I didn't want to overly react so he would think it was something funny that he should do more often.

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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My mother-in-law repeated told my husband (obviously when he was much younger) - "If you want to play with your pee-pee, you have to go to your room". You will just have to keep telling him to go to his room and your husband to stop encouraging it. If your son thinks it is a game, he will not take you seriously.

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