Should I Be Worried? Typical Behavior for Ages 3-6
At Defend Innocence we talk a lot about age-appropriate behavior in children when it comes to healthy sexual development. Even the savviest parents may not understand exactly what behavior is “normal” for their child’s age. Every child develops a little bit differently, so trust your instincts when it comes to your child, but here are things that are typical for most children ages 3 to 6. If you spot some of these behaviors, it’s not necessarily cause for alarm.
Realizing Boys and Girls are Different. Taking Pride in Their Own Gender.
“Playing Doctor” or Other Sexual Play.
Enjoying Physical Closeness.
A Sense of Privacy and Modesty.
While not exhaustive, this list may give you a better idea about what your child is experiencing, learning, or may be curious about at this age. Encourage them to ask questions, to respect set boundaries, and to tell you if anything happens to them that they are uncomfortable with. If you feel that something is out of the ordinary, talk to your child more about it, and, if needed, ask your pediatrician if that is typical behavior for children of that age and maturity level.
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