Talking about masturbation

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It's important to talk to kids about masturbation because they will do it. Almost everybody masturbates and they need to understand that it is perfectly normal to masturbate. It's perfectly normal not to masturbate. But they also need to know that when they do masturbate, they need to do it in private alone. Young kids will masturbate or self-stimulate. We all know that little guy whose got his hand down his pants. He's touching his penis. He's touching his penis because it feels good, and it's self-soothing. It's not sexual to them. What you can say to them is, "I just wanted to let you know that sometimes people touch their private parts because it feels good. It's totally normal to do this. Lots of people do it, but they do it in private alone. I just wanted to let you know that, because it is important to feel comfortable with your own body."

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Amy Lang, MA

Sex Education Expert

Despite her 16 years of experience as a sexual health educator, Amy Lang found herself completely tongue-tied when her four year old son had "something very important" to tell her about his penis. Shocked by her discomfort, she realized if she was struggling, other parents must be too. Amy also holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Science and her focus was in adult education and group facilitation. She decided to combine her love of sex talking and her love of working with adults and started Birds + Bees + Kids in 2006.

Amy is a three time Mom’s Choice Award winner for her book, Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids - A Guide To Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships and DVD, Birds + Bees + Kids - The Basics. She is also the author of the book, Say What?! The Birds + Bees for Progressive Parents - What to Say and How to Say It!

She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Magazine, Parent Map magazine and has contributed to a gazillion other publications. Sex advice guru Dan Savage says “Amy is a parent’s best friend-with-benefits when it comes to talking to kids about sex.” 

Though Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy helps parents of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with their kids. She offers talks, workshops, one-on-one consultations and live webcasts. Amy is also the co-founder of MamaCON - Inspiration and Tools for Modern Moms, a conference supporting the hard work of moms everywhere.

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