Do you walk around naked in front of your kids?

Filed under: Babies, Health & Safety: Babies, Development/Milestones: Babies

My parents were never even remotely naked in front of me. My husband's parents didn't walk around in the nude but they didn't try to hide it either. Interestingly enough, we both ended up feeling pretty much the same way about our bodies.

I am reminded of all this because apparently one of the many issues people are having with Britney Spears is her being naked around her children. Now, she's a girl and they're both boys, but, does that matter? Should it? And, just so you know, I'm not referring to Brit Brit being photographed without wearing any undies...although I'm not sure that helps matters.

I think it's important for our kids to not be afraid of their bodies or ours. It's also natural for humans to be naked and curious (sometimes at the same time).

At this point my son is only six months old. I was basically naked when he was born, when he was also naked. So we've been naked together. Of course, he couldn't see me then. Since that time he's seen me in various stages of undress, what with the breastfeeding and all. I don't think he gets it yet--this naked versus clothed thing. He looks at me the same way the dogs do, which is to say with mild interest.

When the time comes--and who knows when that will be--I'm not about to dance around naked in front of my kids. I guess if they happen to see me that way I won't run screaming but I also am not going to go out of my way to let them see me that way.

Are there merits and detriments to this kind of behavior? Sure, I'm sure there are. What do you say? Are you in the buff in front of your kids or is that off limits?

Picture of naked family by ckaroli.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.