It is important for parents to recognise that adolescence is a time of sexual development and experimentation, and that masturbation is a way for young people to explore their own bodies.
The new rule is: don’t assume that just because you feel right, everything is going to be alright.
We have to become the type of person that the person we’re looking for is looking for. But somehow when it comes to love and romance, there is an assumption that we don’t need to ourselves.
That somehow commitment will trump the needs for preparation.
This is more about getting ourselves ready for the time when we meet someone that there’s chemistry with and we’re falling in love with, we’ll actually be prepared to keep the commitment we’re making.
Masturbation is a normal behaviour that is seen at all ages, from childhood, through the teen years and into adulthood.
Even though it is normal, some people feel ashamed or embarrassed about masturbation, partly because of out-dated myths (e.g. Some of the known sexual health benefits of masturbation include the following: A common concern, especially among young people, is the frequency of masturbation.
When a woman is raped or a child is sexually abused, they don’t just shake it off and go on as if they were merely mugged.
Our sexuality goes way beyond what is physical, and we see that especially in the realm of sexual abuse.
If parents react negatively to body exploration, self-soothing behaviour or nudity, their child can feel ashamed of their body, sexual feelings and behaviours.