Sexual Behavior in Children: What’s Normal? What’s Harmful?

This post was originally published on April 27, 2017 and updated on April 4, 2019. Playing “doctor” is a common sign of normal curiosity in children. Little girls and little boys want to see each other’s private parts. That’s pretty harmless when you’re dealing with 5-year-olds. But what happens when a 10-year-old boy cajoles a 7-year-old girl into a bathroom and wants to put their private parts together?… Read More Read more

5 Body Safety Rules Every 5-Year-Old Should Know

It seems like the number of things you need to talk to your children about in order to keep them safe just keeps growing! One issue that should be at the top of your list is protecting kids from sexual abuse. Why? The CDC reports that 1 in every 5 children will experience sexual abuse. That’s 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys.… Read More Read more

Parent Alert! Is “After” the New “50 Shades of Grey” for Kids? (Watch out – It’s Coming to the Big Screen!)

Our regular Parent Alert! news updates help parents stay ahead of the trends affecting kids in our hypersexualized culture. This month we’re covering headlines from around the world: a twisted erotic fiction series popular with teens is coming to a theatre near you; a global study compares how countries are combating the child sexual abuse epidemic; and, Microsoft Bing has been suggesting child sexual abuse images in search!… Read More Read more

Surprise! Boys Care About Love Too. A Dad Shares 3 Easy Ways to Talk to Your Son About Relationships

Flowers, hearts, and candy! It’s all for girls, right? Think again! The silent thoughts in the back of a boy’s mind on Valentines Day may not be what you imagine. Boys also long to understand and connect with the romantic feelings that surface as they grow. It’s a common misunderstanding that boys are only interested in sex, or even mostly interested in sex, as they grow into teenagers.… Read More Read more

Good Feelings Bad Feelings: Helping Kids Unravel Pornography’s Tricky Dual Emotions

I remember the first time I saw pornography. You probably do, too. I was nineteen, at a bachelorette party, and very confused by my emotions at the time. I felt caught between arousal and disgust as I watched the scenes unfold before me. How could something that initially sent a rush of good feelings leave me feeling so gross inside? These days, children a decade younger than I was have been exposed to content that may be even more shocking.… Read More Read more

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