nudity with 6 year old exploration with friends

Vivian - posted on 05/28/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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how do you handle when you find your 6 1/2 and under crowd exploring nakedness, bodies together? innocent, in my humble opinion. . .and no forcing, of course. ..esp since mine is an only, i feel as if it is natural and normal, otherwise, he'd not be doing it. should he be told to put his clothes back on in the house or when another child is present and they are both running around in sprinkler. . having innocent fun? i remember countless times giggling about 'barenakedness' with my own sister who was 1 1/2 years older. Honestly, this is a developmental stage, and i hate to step in and deprive them of that. . .as strange as it could sound to more conservative and private folks

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Jennifer - posted on 05/29/2012

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IMO, 6 1/2 is to old to be naked around company. I agree with Dove, 2-4 is ok, but after that, they need to learn about privacy. I have 4 kids, and of course each of them has seen each other naked at some point, but my 8 and 7 year old know that out of respect for themselves and others, they need to go into a different room to change, or close the bathroom door when bathing. It's one thing to be a girl and see your sister naked, it's completely different to be running around naked at that age with a friend.

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Sandy - posted on 05/30/2012

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For safety's sake, it's better that children run through sprinklers and such in public in bathing suits or at least bottoms and tops for girls. As for showing each other body parts, nothing wrong with the belly and usual appendages seen when wearing a bathing suit, but best to keep the more personal bits private from people who are not immediate (siblings) family members.

Dove - posted on 05/28/2012

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My opinion is that by 6 they should be fully aware that exploring others nakedness is inappropriate. Not to be shamed about it, of course, but definitely stopped and immediately informed of appropriate boundaries. 2-4 is (IMO, of course) the range where this exploration would possibly happen and still needed to be stopped, but at least be considered age appropriate. Nudity amongst immediate family members is one thing, but with friends... clothes or swim wear are definitely to be worn.

ALL of my children are extremely open about being naked at home, but even my 4 year old today did not want to be seen naked (and so changed in another room) by his cousins and they are 3 and 5 year old boys. A year ago it was no issue for him whatsoever to be running around naked with both of them, but now it is past the age (in his opinion) where it is appropriate to be naked outside of our own home.

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