Please Don’t Play with That!

I need some advice.

Hayden has started this lovely new habit that is most inappropriate. He is constantly holding his penis. He holds onto it like it is going to fall off. It is not because he has to go to the bathroom. He does it whether his bladder is full or not. When questioned, he says that it inches but he is not scratching it. I have examined it, much to my disliking, and found that it is rash free and I can see no reason why it should itch. His underwear is not too tight. I just don’t get it. And I don’t know what to do. He is not playing with it, like masturbation, just holding onto it.

It was especially lovely this morning in church. During the service, all the children are asked to come to the front and receive a blessing, before going off to their classes. So there is he stands, in the front of the whole congregation, holding his penis. Big smile on his face. I wanted to crawl under the pew and possibly disown the child.

I want him to stop. But I don’t want to punish him. I don’t want him to fear his own penis. What should I do? We have tried to explain to him that it is not appropriate to play/touch your private parts in public but we are just not getting through.

Please help me! I am a mother in need of advice. Come on, I know you have to have some.

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