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Recently, I keep catching my daughter masturbating. The problem is she’s only seven years old!
So far, I’ve just made a joke of it, telling her she should do so only in her bedroom, as it is a private thing to do.
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Have I handled the issue well and is my daughter’s libido going to be uncontrollable in the future?
Jare, by e-mail.
You should remember that your daughter doesn’t see what she is doing as a sexual thing.
To her it is just a part of her body, which gives her pleasure just like some kids suck their thumb.
What you want to do is distract her with games, stories or treats.
Don’t give her the impression that you think what she does is dirty and wicked, as this could affect her later on in life.
I’m sure when she finds other interests, she’ll forget all about her ‘fiddling’!