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So, the other day C. was sitting in the living room with me, DH and my mom and he was *really* checking things out down there. After a few minutes I was like, "Hey C., we don't really do that in front of other people. You can go in your room if you want." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I am clueless, I don't know what to do. I felt silly saying that to an 18 month old but I have read that it's an appropriate response so I figured what the heck, we'll try it out.<br><br>
DH overheard me and laughed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> He was like, "You can't tell him to go to his room, just ignore him and he'll outgrow it." This brought hearty laughter from my mom and I because we do not know any man who has outgrown it, to date. But he does have a point, I mean, the kid is only 18 months old so maybe ignoring it is the way to go right now. He was naked, so there was one social constraint out the window to begin with.<br><br>
So what do you all think? Tell him to explore in private or just ignore him for now?
 

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*Most* men outgrow it in public! There are some sick individuals who don't.<br><br>
At that age, maybe distraction is the best way to go. If you direct him to his room he may think it's a punishment.
 

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That's true, *that* part they outgrow, hopefully. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I wouldn't make it a big deal yet... maybe in another year you could start telling him that he should only touch himself there when he's by himself.<br><br>
IMO, you should just let it be or go the distraction route for now.
 

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My son does that occasionally. I just try to redirect him by saying something like "show mama your nose". I figure he can explore all he wants in the bathtub.
 

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Ditto to oceanbaby's post (#4). I have a friend whose dd would put her hands down her pants and just go at it (at age 2). Ignoring it was the solution.
 
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