I've searched old posts and haven't found anything that quite describes my 6yo's behavior. Ever since he was 3yo he has been aware of his penis and it was no secret that he liked to touch it! But it was usually only when he was naked, which wasn't too often, so no big deal. Now he is almost 7 and in the past 6 months, I have been noticing an increase in him just touching himself or holding onto his penis while fully clothed. Constantly! It's not adjusting, it's just a handle. I didn't really care until we started soccer and I noticed that he's out on the field hanging on to himself during the time on the field when they're not playing.
I had his dad have a little talk with him about it, which he was fine with, but it didn't help the behavior. I asked him specifically if it's itchy or if it just feels good or if it's just something to do. He said it's just something to do. It's like when a guy would normally put his hands in his pockets... my ds hold on to his "handle!"
This seems to be more of a habit than anything else. My gentle reminders are not helping. Any advice on other things he could do with his hands or how to break this little habit?