My daughter is masturbating at school and to get herself to sleep.

My eight-year-old daughter is masturbating, when she is tired or right before she goes to bed.  It happened before when she was five, at which time I talked to her about it. She stopped. And now I have noticed she is doing it again. I have talked to her teacher, who has noticed her doing it in school sitting at her desk. We are a very good, loving family. She has never been exposed to any sexuality. There was never any abuse in our family. What should I do? A social worker has started asking me weird questions.

Children will masturbate because it feels good.  She has to learn that it is not OK at school or in any public place.

I would suggest you tell her that she is not to rub herself at school because it is not polite and she has to pay attention to the teacher. A daily report sent home by the teacher telling you if she was “polite and paying attention” would help you. You could then have a small reward. Rewards are best if they are social such as dad reading a story.

Don’t worry about masturbation in private. You cannot control it.

Cooperate with the social worker. He or she is only doing their job.  Thank goodness your school follows up on issues.

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