What can I do about my daughter masturbating?

My seven-year-old daughter has started being very honest all of a sudden. She has told me all about masturbating, which I realize is quite natural, but she has also told me her method, which is over the corners of tables and chairs. She used to do this when she was 18 months old but at that time I didn’t realize it was masturbation. She is soon turning eight and continues to tell me each and every time she does it. For now I have just told her it’s not right to do it in front of anyone. I don’t know what to do with her, she has never been molested and in a friendly way I have also asked her if somebody has tried to tuch her private parts, she told me never.

You are taking the right approach. Make it very clear that masturbating in public places is very bad manners. Don’t make a big fuss of it. Don’t talk about it much. Just be firm and clear.

You can say “Thanks for being honest. It is rude to do this except in your bedroom in private.”

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