Should I Let My Kids Walk Around Naked?

Kate - posted on 03/21/2014 ( 17 moms have responded )

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do you think my 6 year old daughter should roam the house naked?

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Vanessa - posted on 03/27/2014

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I agree with Sara too. Nudity is a great way to discuss those tricky topics when kids are still little.

Omowumi - posted on 03/22/2014

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No,she shouldn't because when she gets use to that, she won't see anything. Ad in doing that

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Vanessa - posted on 03/27/2014

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Yes. I grew up in a house of women. My father was often away on trips and my sister and I both grew up with a very comfortable relationship to our bodies. By the time we were 8 we naturally just wanted to have clothes on because our sense of privacy was kicking in, but we didn't feel embarassed or worse, ashamed of our naked selves. However, when our Dad was around, we covered up. Now as women in their 40's, my sister and I both have positive and comfortable body images of ourselves, although our bodies are just normal 40 year old bodies. In this world of super sexualized girls and women, I think it's good to just understand our bodies not as sex objects, but as normal natural lovely things which belong to us and us only, and this understanding begins a home.
Furthermore, I have a daughter who is 4. She has a brother who is 6 and just recently we've had keep nudity private, mostly because of the constant bummy and pee-pee jokes. So I think, we mothers do need to keep watch on the environment our girls and boys are in also, and use our best judgement.

Samantha - posted on 03/26/2014

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It is okay as long as all blinds or curtains are shut. And she has to stop soon.

Sarah - posted on 03/24/2014

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Quick question to start; Who here has been able to use the bathroom alone since their child learned to walk? On that note: We are only given one body to live in our whole lives. Being comfortable in one's own skin can help develop a real and natural sense of self. At my home IN my home (of course in public lets keep it covered!) nudity is a non issue it helps us talk openly with the kids (2boys 1 girl) about the differences and similarities and keeps lines of communication open now and hopefully in the future regarding the body. I think "the talk" and other life discussions will be less weird if we already open lines of communication. My boys watched their sister being born, at home in our bathtub. All families are different and to each their own, but I think there is nothing wrong with nudity.

Sharon - posted on 03/23/2014

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From Meg Meeker, MD "Kids and Modesty - When Should They Cover Up?"
see entire article:
http://www.megmeekermd.com/2012/09/kids-...

Most children feel comfortable enough at home to walk around in the buff, and every parent needs to decide at what age he needs to start covering up. Maybe the child doesn’t feel modest, but older siblings may feel uncomfortable with him naked. Here are a few tips that will help parents navigate these times in a manner that will preserve a child’s modesty while avoiding any sense of shame.

When children are preschoolers, bathing with a younger sibling, keeping the bathroom door open while using it, or walking around the house without clothes is perfectly normal. Kids love the feel of freedom, which being naked affords. Many parents bathe toddlers and preschoolers in the bath together to save time (and allow the kids to play).

Once kids hit kindergarten (around age 5), it’s time to start covering up. Gently begin to teach your youngster that his/her body is very beautiful, but that it is private. If your son goes to the beach, he needs to wear a bathing suit. If your daughter goes to a friend’s house, she will close the bathroom door while using the toilet. This teaches kids body boundaries. It shows them that they are in charge of their bodies and that they have say over what happens. And—it helps preserve their modesty.

Most kids who are taught this like it. At age 5 or 6 they are beginning to explore their bodies and they should be made to feel good about them. But, they need to know that their bodies are private. Should a 5-year-old walk around the house naked? Most will try, but they should be reminded (with a smile) that they are growing up and need privacy. So, they should wrap up in a towel. They should not be reprimanded, just reminded.

Shelly Capree - posted on 03/23/2014

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Yes and No if you live in the city I wouldn't
if it's in the country ya I would let her

Michelle - posted on 03/22/2014

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There is nothing wrong with the naked body. It's natural and you don't need to ask others what your family should be doing in your own home (unless it's illegal).
She will soon get shy and not wander around naked by her own choice, don't make a big deal of it and enjoy her innocence.

Kayla - posted on 03/21/2014

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If you think it is okay, then you can allow it in your house. Everyone is different.

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