When do/did you stop letting your kids see you naked? What is the appropriate age to start asking for some privacy from your kids? As a mother of two young kids, I haven’t peed or showered without an audience in 7 years and I’m just used to it now. I don’t even know if the door to my bathroom shuts anymore.
I’ve heard that once a child reaches 7 or so, she or he will start asking for privacy. They will be embarrassed and and want to be alone in their nudity. I’m not finding that to be true. My 7-year-old would be happy to sit on the couch in all his glory and eat a bowl of cereal while watching TV. My 5-year-old doesn’t mind showing her naked bottom, but she does like to cover her non-existent breasts. Neither of them have any problem seeing me or the Hubs in our birthday suits. In fact, there are usually a lot of questions about the size of our body parts as well as, “Why does your ‘china’ have a mustache, Mommy?” I think my kids could be future nudists.
Nothing seems to phase them. I’ve tried instituting closed door policies for everyone and asking everyone to knock before barging into someone’s room or bathroom. I’ve tried asking everyone to get dressed privately in their own rooms. Part of it is they just don’t care and part of it is me being lazy, but we all tend to end up in my bathroom most mornings in various states of undress.
I know it has to stop – but when? When Gomer is 8 or 10? Surely he’ll stop parading around nude by the time he’s 15! Right??
What about you? Are you a naked household or not?
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