As your children grow from toddlers to teens to adults, the way they explore their bodies and comprehend sexual issues evolves.
Understanding the sexual development of your child will help you determine if their actions indicate potential problems or not.
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It’s true that talking to your child regularly about their body will make the child more likely to tell if someone touches their body. However, it is not a guarantee.
Most sexual behavior is a natural part of childhood development, but there are certain characteristics that point to sexual behavior problems.
According to a report from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the following signs may indicate problems. Take note when:
Monitor your children for signs of sexual behavior problems, keeping in mind their developmental stage as you decide how you should respond.
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