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My child is touching their private parts. Is this normal?

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It may be worrisome to find your child touching their genitals for pleasure. Many parents think that masturbation is something that emerges during adolescence with hormonal and secondary sex characteristics such as erections for boys and menstruation for girls. However childhood masturbation, often called genital stimulation and touching, usually starts around 2 months of age but can sometimes start in utero.

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Even the smallest preemies benefit from human touch and music

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Parents of newborns often see their babies as small wonders that need a delicate touch. However, parents of premature babies can be scared to touch their newborns because of their extremely small size. Of course, depending on the age of prematurity, some premature infants are too small to pick up because of their health needs and medical treatments. Yet, all babies including premature infants can benefit from appropriate music and touch therapy.

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What does it mean to raise value-driven children?

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Wouldn’t it be nice to raise children who understood what is important to their family and acted accordingly? Wouldn’t it be nice to have kind, courteous, well-behaved children who maintained their good behavior even when adults were not present? Wouldn’t it be nice to have children who felt so secure in their parents’ love to reach out to them when they were in trouble, hurting, or needing support?

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Is Proactive Parenting the right parenting method for you and your family?

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I have had the privilege of working with tens of thousands of children and their families for nearly 25 years. One thing I know from my interactions with families is that nearly all parents want to do what is best for their children.

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