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  • Ask the Experts: I found my brother and sister "playing doctor"
    Toddlers are curious about the bodies of their parents and other children. They may play "doctor" to look at each other's sex organs. This is a normal way for kids to find out differences and learn about their sexuality, and there is not much to worry about, especially when young children know that such play should be done privately and not on the front lawn.

  • Don't Apply Adult Standards to Young Children
    While sexual harassment laws are necessary to protect students in school and adults in the workplace, applying adult standards to young children can be inappropriate and even harmful says an expert in child development.

  • How Do Children Play? How Did Children Play?
    Scientists say that playing and the opportunity to be creative is one of the basic needs for children's development, and the desire to play is anchored in children's personality. How do children play? Do my kids play differently than I used to play?

  • I Caught Them Playing Doctor!
    Elizabeth Pantly, Author of Kid Cooperation and Perfect Parenting talks about kids playing doctor.

  • Let's Play Doctor Sexual Games and Children
    The greatest potential danger with childrens playing sexual games is the way in which adults handle the situation. If the response is too strong, abrupt or disapproving, the child will feel confused, embarrassed, shamed or guilty and may become lured to sexual matters in general.

  • Oh No! What Do I Do Now?
    You walk into your son's bedroom and find him being examined by his friend Tammy. He has his clothes off and she is listening to his heart with a toy stethoscope.

  • Playing Doctor
    Have you caught your kids 'playing doctor' yet? Would you know what to do if you did? Learn more about this common situation so that you are prepared and don't overreact.

  • Sexuality Education: What Every Preschooler Needs to Know
    Playing Doctor The curiosity that is part of genital touching sometimes leads to games with other children. One of the most common sexual games is playing doctor

  • Talking to Preschoolers about Sex
    Sex ed for preschoolers? There are important messages about sexuality that your children need to know at each stage of their lives, leading up to puberty and beyond. Help your child grow up feeling good about her body and comfortable approaching you with questions along the way by following this four-step workshop.

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