Before children begin puberty, masturbation is not a sexual behaviour. It is not driven by sexual needs, wants or fantasies, the way it often is for adults. If your child touches themselves it does not mean they are developing in a sexually unhealthy way. This behaviour is not harmful to your child. In fact, it is often a healthy behaviour. Exploring and getting to know one’s own body is important.
TCE asked contributors to share about love, loosely inspired by the Ancient Greeks, who thought about the concept in many different ways. We may have created one or two types of our own.
Love your body and its imperfections. This is a tall order for most people. When we look in the mirror, we often focus on the aspects of our appearance that we are unhappy with, while ignoring the parts that make us beautiful. This Valentine’s Day, I invite you to give yourself a little love, and work on accepting your body for what it is: unique and incomparable.