Parents are generally unprepared for how much a child will touch, grab, pull, poke and probe their own genitals. And the reason they are unprepared is that it happens far sooner than most expect. The problem with all of this is that most adults lack the proper context to address the issue in any kind of reasonable way. Kids exploring their own bodies is tangled up in millennia of baggage and hang-ups about sex.
Sexual behaviour in your toddler might be a bit confronting, especially the first time you see it.
O n 31 January I answered a problem from a reader asking what to call her daughter's genitals - something that wasn't too twee, euphemistic or overly anatomical. I asked other readers how they dealt with this; many of you replied. I forgot to ask if people minded if I used their names or not, so I've played it safe and made everyone fairly anonymous. Edward was the first to write in: "I am trying to spread the use of the term 'twinkie'.
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