Find out your parenting style with my parent personality quiz!

Find out your parenting style with my parent personality quiz!


Parent Puzzler: Inappropriate Touching

Dr. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker

POST UPDATED with my advice.  Click below to jump to my answer:

Sometimes the toughest questions from our kids are the ones that catch us off-guard, make us do a double-take and leave us really scratching our heads about what to do.  Here’s one of those scenarios in today’s weekly parent puzzler:

Your 8 -year -old daughter came home from school and said that a little boy in her class approached her and told her to pull her underwear down so that he could touch her. You are friends with his mother and you know that he is a nice boy.

Moms and Dads, What would you do?


First, don’t over react in front of your daughter. The fact that she came to you and told you shows you that she is comfortable telling you things that are embarrassing and you want to keep that communication open. So, when you speak to her, act very matter-of-fact and pleasant. Then, ask her what she said to him and whether or not she pulled her underpants down. If she didn’t, you praise her and if she did, ask her how it made her feel. Then, you tell that that her response is normal (whatever it is) and then explain to her that her body is very wonderful and private. There are places on her body that no one but Mom, Dad or the doctor can see and those are the areas on her body which her bathing suit covers. So, tell her that it was wrong for the boy to ask her to do that and that if anyone ever asks her again, she should say “No.” Tell her that since she has experienced this now, she is smarter.

Second, definitely call the boy’s mother. Be kind and gracious but let her know what happened. If she puts you off or tells you that you are over reacting, go to the teacher and tell her what happened, so that she can monitor the kids more closely.

Many kids are curious about their bodies and those of the other sex and will experiment with looking and touching. While this doesn’t constitute sexual abuse in my eyes, all kids should be ready to refuse advances.



Skylight Digital Picture Frames are the perfect bridge connecting you to the special moments of those you love! It’s private, pre-loadable, and you can personalize it! Visit


Here’s the perfect gift to inspire and delight that young person in your life! The CrunchLabs build box subscription. Crunchlabs packs the fun into science by sending kids a new toy to build each month. And everyone’s favorite youtuber Mark Rober’s teaches them how! Kids LOVE IT! Go to and get yours today!

Your pet can’t choose healthy, but you can! Choose Whole Life Pet for human grade, freeze-dried, nutrient-rich, all natural food and treats for your dog or cat!



Thrive Market – the customized and economical way to shop organic, non-gmo, and healthy – for you and your family.

The #1 Meal Kit for Eating well. Go to and use code 60drmeg to get 60% off plus 20% off your next two months. to start now! 

Masimo Stork is a revolutionary new baby monitor. SET technology has been in use for 25 years in the NICU units of America’s hospitals – now that same technology is available at home. Masimo Stork tracks real time, with your baby’s pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and skin temperature. While not a medical device, it can ensure more confident and calmer parenting. To learn more, go to

Website-Dr. Meeker (8)
Feeling a a bit uneasy about having "the talk" with your son or daughter?
Dr. Meeker is here to help! “How to Talk to Your Kids about Puberty & Sex (ages 8-18)” is her most comprehensive course ever and she’ll equip you to have that conversation with knowledge, confidence and sensitivity. Check it out!

More Tools to Simplify Fatherhood