My attitude about nudity, from a parenting perspective

THE NAKED TRUTH: IT’S NUDE DAY!

There are many recognized dates on the calendar and there’s even a Nude Day. It’s today, actually. I never thought I’d be writing about Nude Day. But as a mom of two sons, conversations do sometimes revolve around us being nude or naked (they are different; “nude” implies unclothed, “naked” implies exposed and vulnerable). It seems like the kind of thing it would be easy to avoid, but avoiding it would make it seem like it should be avoided. So I’m encouraging myself to write about it in the hopes that it might encourage you to talk about it!
I don’t plan to get too specific or personal because Lord knows I don’t need everyone poking into my personal business. And there is so much sensitivity – for good reason – about nudity that I am going to keep it general.

I have a lot of different kinds of friends from a lot of different backgrounds. I have friends who were raised very religious and friends who are totally secular. I have friends who are socially conservative and friends who are super duper liberal. I have friends who have no problem going to strip clubs with boyfriends and friends who would never set foot in any sort of facility. I have friends who hate seeing unnecessary nudity in movies and on TV (i.e. on every single cable show there is pretty much!), and I have friends who have no problem with unnecessary nudity and think it’s awesome because they want to see as many naked/nude people in their lives as possible. (And, of course, I have many friends who fall in the middle: who may or may not think nudity in TV and movies is necessary, and who don’t seek out entertainment because of the nudity, but accept it as a part of today’s entertainment scene.)

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child's sleep preference causes questions

My child’s preference for sleeping naked is causing family tension

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Q: I have a four-year-old who loves to be naked. I’m glad that she’s comfortable with her body, and I’m okay with her being without clothes at home, as long as it’s within certain boundaries. Over the past month or so, she has started to keep clothes on more during the day, but she still prefers to sleep in the buff. My parents, who live three hours away and have started to stay with us one weekend every month, are clearly freaked out by this. Because my parents are immediate family members, at first I thought the “house guest rule” didn’t necessarily apply, but they are clearly upset when she wants to be naked. I even overheard my father telling her that “good girls wear clothes” (which turned my stomach). I’m willing to keep clothes on her during the daytime of their visits, but for bedtime I feel as if there’s no truly good reason why she should have to wear pajamas. Am I being too freewheeling with my daughter’s nudity

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key to raising body positive kids

Want to raise body positive kids? Let them see you naked

I grew up in a ‘naked house’. My parents weren’t naturists, far from it. But they were relaxed enough to appear in the corridor completely starkers on their way to the bathroom. Dressing gowns were optional. The sight of my mother’s boobs familiar. Nudity wasn’t a big deal.

I’d like to think that I am just as relaxed with nudity in my own home. My children often see me naked – whether it be the early morning dash to the loo, or (more frequently) because they’ve wandered into the bathroom while I shower. Nudity isn’t a big deal in our house either. 

Like most parents, my aim is to bring up children who have healthy and positive attitudes to their bodies. I believe that by showing them I’m comfortable with my body I can role model the attitude I’d like them to emulate.

A recent report from British Naturism backs this belief. In ‘Children deserve better’ researchers argue that “wholesome body attitudes” lead to fewer body image disorders and more sensible attitudes to life.

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Ex-pat mother shares why her kids see her naked

Why I Let My Kids See Me Naked

The truth is, growing up, I did not always respect my mother’s openness with her body, the way she kept the door open when she changed or went to the bathroom. I certainly did not approve when I noticed that she was bra-less under a T-shirt. Maybe the hateful derision crept in when I was a teenager, suddenly and keenly aware of my burgeoning sexuality. I didn’t see her openness within the context of community, or say, in the function of nursing a baby, or soaking in the waters of a centuries-old bath house. It is really only since being in Asia, and certainly since becoming a mother myself, that I have cleaned house in terms of my old beliefs about the body.

Living in Tokyo, my husband and I take our kids to the public baths sometimes but, more importantly, we have adopted its lifestyle at home. My daughter is five and a half and my son is almost three years old. It began when my girl was just an infant—after a baby’s first month, doctors and midwives encourage parents to bring her into their own bath. And this is what we did. We bathed with her, the special Japanese way, supporting her small neck, while gently folding her ears back to not let in any water. The other hand used a feathery cotton gauze to clean eyes, scalp, and all of those fatty baby folds in her impossibly soft skin. Both of my children learned to be comfortable in deep bathtubs very early on, also learning buoyancy and the weightlessness of trust. We never really used our baby tub.

Source: Brain Child Magazine

Mother explains Why I let my daughters see me (and my family and friends) stark naked

Why I let my daughters see me (and my family and friends) stark naked: Bonkers? No, Jess says it’s the best way to stop them growing up hating their own bodies

English reserve, coupled with sensible caution over how these things would sound to others – blurted out in the classroom, for instance – would make most mothers mount those stairs in a flash to intervene.

But not me. I stood back and congratulated myself on a job well done. Seeing how comfortable my daughters, five-year-old Matilda and three-year old Bibi, are with nudity in all its forms – male, female, old, young, fat, thin, in-family and out – makes me proud. I see it as part of my crusade to beat the body issues blighting our children’s childhood.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3171201/Why-let-daughters-family-friends-stark-naked-s-best-way-stop-growing-hating-bodies.html#ixzz3giOR8uGe

Curator’s note: Don’t be surprised if this mother is accused of putting her children in harms way. 

Yes, I Want My Daughter To See Me Naked … Here’s Why

Right off the bat, I want to make it clear I’m not talking about my son in this article. I know some moms might be very pro-nakedness when it comes to teaching their boys that female bodies are more than sex objects but I’m not one of them. I intend to teach him all kinds of respect for the womanly figure but none of those ways will involve him having a mental image of his naked mother.

Although I haven’t gone out of my way to be naked around my 6-year-old daughter (and we haven’t had any direct discussion about my nude body), I certainly haven’t hid my body from her either. If I’m in the shower and she needs her hair washed, I’ll pull her in with me. If I’m drying my hair, naked as I do, I don’t mind if she’s standing next to me brushing her teeth. Why? I don’t want her views on what a body is “supposed” to look like to be shaped by the one-sided view the media presents.

Interesting mother OK with her daughter seeing her clothes free but not her son for fear of mental image. read more At Yahoo Parenting

Julie’s Jabbers – Traumatizing The Kids With My Nudity « 103.7 KVIL

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The comments from my older daughter are bad but the worst ones come from the 6-year-old. Here are some of her greatest hits: “MOMMY, what HAPPENED???” “Oh NO, does that hurt???” Or my personal favorite,
“Is THAT going to happen to ME…when I’m OLD???”

Lucy can’t really be blamed because she is just following in the grand tradition of Nude Parent Shaming. Why, I clearly remember my own mother standing in front of me without a stitch on and SCREAMING at me for giggling. I also remember asking my father why he was carrying all that stuff around in his underwear.

So, I guess it’s just my turn. It’s OK because in due time I’ll be able to pay my children back with comments like, “You’re wearing THAT?” or “Oh sure, you THINK you love him,” or my own mother’s personal favorite, “I know you WANT more cake, but do you NEED it?”

Sad to have body shaming by kids

 

Newbie nudist parent seeks tips on introducing teenage sons to clothes free lifestyle

A recent visitor to clothesfree.lifecom sent me this question. With permission I am posting here. Please offer your responses in the comment section.

I am 44 and have my two boys living with me (13 and 16) I frequent a clothing optional camp ground that is just starting out. My boys and I love camping but I prefer to camp nude. I brought them to the camp on a slow weekend when there were only a few people and none where nude at the time. I sat them down and explained everything to them about the place. They seemed comfortable with it at the time.

A friend stopped by (clothed) and I explained that I was camping to introduce them to nudism, he understood and hung out and talked with us. After he left one son commented on his short shorts. I told them that he wasnt used to being clothed here and was being nice and threw something on.

I’m looking for advice on how to educate my sons on nudism and slowly bring them into it. If they want . It is totally up to them. But I would like to get a few tips on how to go about this.