Discussing masturbation is an anxiety-provoking moment for any parent. This includes acknowledging that it is normal for your daughter to have sexual urges and interest. A good way to open the conversation is through books that discuss puberty and sexual topics in a frank and straightforward manner. Find out what your daughter already knows. Make sure she knows the different parts of her body and their functions.
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7 Books on Puberty for Boys | Parents
Having never been a boy, I had no idea about all the weird shit boys do to get off. That is, until I met my husband and he told me a hilarious story about why he loved climbing the pole at school. But one day when I climbed something weird happened. It felt really good. Like, so good I would make sure to climb that pole every morning and every lunch. A week later, while out for drinks with my girlfriends, who also had teen boys, I asked if that was normal. All it took was one time grabbing a sock that was hard as a rock and I was done.
7 Books on Puberty for Boys
Part of the difficulty may be the need to acknowledge that children are sexual beings. The misunderstandings and secrecy about masturbation add to parent and child discomfort. By definition, masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is done by both boys and girls and is normal behavior. Just how common is masturbation during the various stages of childhood?
So you want to know if masturbation is normal? The answer is absolutely, yes. One study I read said that three in four teenage boys, that's 75 percent of teenage boys, admitted to masturbating, but there's this joke that 99 percent of teenage boys actually masturbate, and the other one percent lie about it. From a medical perspective, masturbation is normal and it even has health benefits.