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Sex and Sexuality

by Roslyn Duffy
September/October 2006
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Situation

While taking her bath a five year old stands up, then giggles and drapes a washcloth over her crotch saying, "I have to cover my peanuts."

In a kindergarten classroom a group of children sit down to a pretend breakfast. A little girl joins them; reaching under her t-shirt to pull out the baby doll she had placed there. "I just had a baby boy," she says. The others nod and continue their play.

A mom walks through the door carrying a clean pile of pants and socks, surprising two brothers busy comparing their penises.


Solution

It isn't about size

Of the three situations, which one would you most want to avoid? The first one is cute and funny, the second seems rather sweet and endearing, but the third one tiptoes a bit too close to a topic most of us don't like to have to deal with sexuality. It is one thing to name body parts or even to tell a child that there is a baby growing in mommy's tummy, but when we face having to talk about what people should or should not do with certain body parts, things get awkward.

They notice

One thing is clear from ...

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