0101: Masturbation, Values, and Kids

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Natasha Helfer, MFT, CST was recently a guest on Braxton Dutson’s “Birds and Bees Podcast.” Braxton is a LCSW and Certified Sex Therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah. He works at The Healing Group.

Natasha speaks with Braxton about being able to explore these topics, address uncomfortable situations, and improve your understanding about “The M word.”

Masturbation, there are a lot of euphemisms for the word that makes many people uncomfortable to talk about. Let’s face it, many parents are worried about what it means if their child masturbates.

If you are a parent who wants to be able to support your child in building values around masturbation while also avoiding shaming them then this episode is for you. Braxton and Natasha help dispel myths, talk about values, talk about masturbation, and support parents by creating a value-centric view on masturbation. This is especially supportive for those who live in religious communities and practice themselves.

Many of us have grown up in a religious setting that explicitly or overtly teaches values about masturbation. It is difficult to be able to follow these values while also addressing the reality that the majority of children are participating in self-soothing/masturbation practices.

In this Episode we explore:

The question “when does masturbation usually start?”

Speaking to values when addressing masturbation

Different approaches to conversations about masturbation with your child.

Avoiding shame when having these (multiple) conversations.

Creating “I Do’s” in what you value, VS following a “to Do” list.

Historical views of Masturbation and how they affect us now.

Identifying what we want for our children as a sexual being later in life.

Offering a value-centric view on Masturbation in religious communities while addressing the ways we can best support our children.

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Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music.


Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST, CSTS can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current past president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele

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