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.

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