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Parents mull kids' sexual curiosity in wake of Duggar scandal

Michelle (L) and Jim Bob Duggar of The Learning Channel TV show
Michelle (L) and Jim Bob Duggar of The Learning Channel TV show "19 Kids and Counting" speak at the Values Voter Summit on September 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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In an exclusive interview this weekend, Jill and Jessa Duggar-famous as kids in the TLC family show "19 Kids and Counting"-said they didn't know their older brother Josh fondled them in their sleep until he confessed to the Duggar parents.

Immediately after the incidents, the Duggar sisters said their parents restricted hide-and-seek games and added locks to bedroom doors and took Josh for counselling.

Jessa Duggar said that her brother was "a young boy in puberty" who was "a little too curious about girls."

Far from reality TV, real parents find kids from around age 5 and up "playing doctor" and have to determine whether children are sexually curious or seeking gratification. How do they determine that? How should parents react when they learn children have been touching private parts?


Betsy Brown Braun, child development and behavior specialist; best-selling author of "Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents" (HarperCollins);