What are the effects of dressing up in the presence of my three year old girl?

Folasade - posted on 01/21/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My name is Folasade. I have a three year old girl. Recently, I read an article that says one should avoid getting dressed in front of a child once he/she is two years old. Moms, what are the advantages and disadvantages of dressing in the presence of my child.

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Dove - posted on 01/21/2015

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If you make dressing/undressing/nudity a non issue in your home... it will be. It all comes down to personal comfort level and as long as you or the child are not uncomfortable... you are just family getting dressed. There is no reason to make an issue of it. My youngest is a 7 year old boy (I also have two older girls) and nudity is a non issue in our home. If someone wants privacy... they get it. If they don't... no big deal.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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To save time I often would send my kids into the shower with their dad. He'd scrub them down and hand them out to me to dry off, lotion up and get dressed. We did this for years for both boys and girls. We stopped around age 3 or 4 for several reasons: the girls started to demonstrate a preference for privacy or for me to bathe them, they all started to be able to wash themselves, and because they could talk (I wasn't so sure how pre-school teachers would interpret "I took a shower with my dad").
Folasade, I'd be interested in reading that article. What reason did the author give for not changing in front of your kids. At two, many children are still nursing.

Jodi - posted on 01/21/2015

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No. I don't see the need to. I was still bathing with my son at that age. My husband was still showering with our daughter at that age. Honestly, he will let you know when it is enough.

Meagan - posted on 01/21/2015

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It never occured to me. . . So should i stop bathing or changing infront of my almost 3 year old son. We bath or shower together, sometimes. Should i stop this?

Jodi - posted on 01/21/2015

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Where on earth did you read this article? That's ridiculous!! Heck, my daughter was still showering with me until she was almost 5. She is now almost 10 and will still sit in my room and talk to me sometimes while I change. If we hide our bodies from our children, we are teaching them it is something to be ashamed of. My daughter and I can have very real and comfortable conversations about how our bodies change as we get older, and it doesn't bother her in the least! I just can't believe it is such a big deal for some people. I'm not talking about walking around the house naked, but changing in front of a very young child, or an older child of the same sex is not something I'd give two thoughts about.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2015

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My children have always seen me naked. I teach my children that the human body is nothing to be ashamed/embarrassed about.

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