Caleb has been so obsessed with his God-given "unit" lately. I am not going to use the proper term, because it is private. I do use the correct term for his "unit" even though it makes Terry squirm. Terry informed me that he was down in the basement with Caleb the other night. He plays down there while Terry works on his model train layout. He wasn't really watching him, because he probably would have stopped him before Caleb said this.
Caleb: "Dad, my p*nis is big."
Caleb: "My p*nis is big."
Dad: "Caleb, get your hands out of there! You shouldn't be doing that."
Dad: "You shouldn't do that because it can make you sick."
Seriously, why do they have to do this? His Dad was right...it can make him sick in two ways...
health-wise, and mentally. He should be free to know his body and explore, but there needs to be a limit. How do I teach this without making him afraid, or ashamed of his body that God created?
Even today, and most times I change his diaper lately, he wants to get his hands involved. I tell him not to touch, because I am changing his diaper, and I don't want his hands dirty. There are a lot of germs in there. So, I tell him to put his hands on his head. Later today, he said, "Put my hands on my pe..." and he didn't finish, because I said, "no...on your head."
PLEASE help! I don't remember going through this with Nathaniel. What is the teaching angle on this one, that is done in a godly manner? I also have Nathaniel, who is nearing puberty and those ackward teen years. Any advice? Any good books on these topics?