Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Diana | 2009-02-03

Q.

early teen sexuality

My daughter from 2 who has not been abused and is a healthy achiever has always had a certain magnetic quality and perhaps even a natural sexuality in dance ets. She is now 12 and is 2 years too young for her class, alas, I had no option at the time. she takes her own pics which are innocent but somehow tend to look sexual. how do i tell her without bringing her down or taking away her innocence that although there is nothing wrong with the pictures they could well affect the minds of the lookers in a way that is not right.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is certainly not an easy question to answer. You need to strike a balance between ensuring that your 12 year old daughter's natural poise is not mistaken for her being a sophisticated and sexually aware young girl and keeping her rather innocent and,most importantly, safe.Most children are much more aware of the 'birds and the bees' these days than in previous generations.You need to explain things to your daughter is a special mother to daughter talk and emphasise that it is only her happiness and well being that you are concerned about.

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