At some point, you needed to get out of the shower in front of your young child — or get dressed or use the toilet — and you either decided to bare it all or cover up. When kids are very young, the consensus seems to be yes, since babies and toddlers are generally oblivious to nudity. She adds that parents need to be on the lookout for any changes to that comfort level. There are a number of reasons you might want to be naked in front of your kids — and an equal number of reasons you might choose a modicum of modesty.
When you have very young kids, occasionally being naked in front of them is often a given. Just remember never to make them feel bad for asking a question, no matter how mortifying it may be. Equally important, I want her to grow up seeing her mom being OK with what normal is.
Moms of boys can also want to pave the way for a new generation of men who see women as real people, not pinups on a pedestal. As long as nudity is separated from sexuality, there is no disadvantage to a parent being naked around a young child.
It may be a result of how you were raised, your cultural background, or your personality. This can particularly help as children hit puberty. And some parents believe that this distinction can help promote breastfeeding acceptance, as well as stop the hyper-sexualization of female bodies.
As with all things parenting-related, just when you think you have something sorted out, it changes. Casual nudity may be fine and good when your little ones are little, but at some point, you might notice a difference in their comfort level — and yours. Huebner says the issue is mainly about children starting to view genitals as explicitly sexual organs. This is a normal part of development — you just need to be aware and respectful of what your child is trying to express. Some parents, however, point out that this is an American sensibility and that things are different in Europe.
On the flip side, you also need to respect your children when they no longer want to be naked in front of you. As you start to cover up, talk about privacy and set some limits. In the process, you can still promote body positivity and normalization. Dawn Yanek lives in New York with her husband and their two very sweet, slightly crazy kids. Before becoming a mom, she was a magazine editor who regularly appeared on TV to discuss celebrity news, fashion, relationships, and pop culture.
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