NYT: Why Is Children’s Masturbation Such a Secret?

Let’s face it, masturbation can indeed be fun, but it turns out to be a subject that many parents feel awkward about discussing with their children. Parents and children sometimes bring their questions and concerns to the pediatrician, but there is surprisingly little guidance or information available in the pediatric literature. And in an informal survey of pediatric colleagues, there seems to be a lot of variation in whether doctors bring up the subject.

This is often the time of potty training, with lots of attention being paid to the area formerly covered by the diaper, and with children being encouraged to take their diapers off when necessary.