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what age a boy starts masturbation
lalittandon posted:
please tell me , is it normal for a boy to start masturbation at an age of 6 yrs? does it have any harmful effects? how should i educate him?
FCL responded:
Yes it's normal and no it won't have any harmful effects - it's perfectly healthy. Just make sure that he understands that it's a private activity and should only be done in a private place (bathroom, his bedroom - with door closed, of course).
tinkerbell27549 responded:
I completely disagree. a 6yr old does not masturbate. in my understanding masturbating is a sexual act and a 6 yr old knows nothing of it or at least they shouldnt. however it is normal for a young boy and girl for that matter to touch them selves. but they are just exploring a part of their body and need to be educated that it is not appropriate. if they should develop a habit of it it will cause problems later in life, especially when they are in school. they may find it amusing and want to share it with other students. so i would strongly advise any and every parent that has a young child that it is inappropriate for them to take part in any such activity.
FCL responded:
You might find it useful to post your question over on the Parenting: Preschoolers and Grade Schoolers board. You'll get information and advice there from people who have children of the same age as your son. You'll find the board here:

lalittandon responded:
thanx a lot for advice. i'll post the ques on parenting.
freebreezmoma responded:
well,i have 4 boys to ages 11...yes it is quite normal...but a boy cannot ejaculate until age 11 or boys of all ages from infancy on rub their penis'...we forget that kids like good feelings too!....we live in a secluded mountain area and my 4 boys,run and play naked all the time...many times with no problem...what is natural and normal.
.Now. erections .cannot be harmful at all,even girls have them in their own tell him that it is natural,and ok
freebreezmoma responded:
hi,..,am a mom o f several boys aged 4 to 12,and i feel that too many moms are obceesd with their boys handling their genitals...this is a natural thing......,my family ,we are nudists,and see erections all the time,and sometimes the boys " play dr.......also natural cutiosity
freebreezmoma replied to tinkerbell27549's response:
hi mom,i am mom of 8 now.perhaps you meant to say that it is not appropriate for them touch themselves in public. i agree.of course but in their own home it is natural,and if taught that certain body-parts are bad and nasty ,it causes,of course gilt,shame and anxiety that can haunt them a lifetime,The old decrepit Victorian teachings,that " you must never touch your-self ' down there' if forced,leads also extreme anxiety ,guilt,and very excessive masturbation,( and all the while the child is sure that he,or she will go to condemnation.)

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