Normal Sexual Development
Even the most sophisticated parents and professionals have difficulty acknowledging (much less discussing) the sexuality of children. This is illustrated by the following situation that occurred in the family of a physician, his wife, who was a nurse, and their three children. The mother was expecting their fourth child, but despite repeated requests from the children for information about the birth process, the parents had avoided discussing the topic. Finally, when the baby was obviously due to arrive at any minute, the children (in the father’s absence) said, “Mother, please tell us how this baby is going to get out.” At this point, the mother gave them a detailed explanation and the children asked her to repeat it a second time, saying, “We’ve got to get this just right so we can tell Daddy. He doesn’t know a thing about this!”
KeywordsSexual Behavior Sexual Abuse Sexual Intercourse Child Sexual Abuse Gender Identity
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