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Is It Time for You to Put Clothes On Around the House?

nudity around the house

When is it time to put those babyfeeders away?

Listen, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been made fun of by more than one long-time associate over my penchant for walking around my house naked.  My mother always walked around naked when I was a kid (tho thankfully my father never did), and I know I’m not alone.  I can think of a few comedians with stories about seeing more of their parents than they wanted to whilst growing up.  Seeing your parents naked can be jarring, it can be scarring, but is it inappropriate?  Experts have mixed feelings about letting it all hang out in front of the kids.

Carolyn Drebin at Mommyish writes:

When my first son was born, I pretty much spent a year with my tits out. After all, a kid’s gotta eat, right? And when sons number two and three arrived, each one got their year on the boob. Being topless, or completely naked, in front of my sons didn’t strike me as anything other than natural and comfortable. Penises were penises, vaginas were vaginas and only breasts had alternative names (see above).

She says, tho, not everyone feels as comfortable in the skin they’re in as she and I do, and some pediatricians suggest that there should be no open nudity in the house by the time our kids are in kindergarten.  Famed sexpert Dr. Ruth says we have more time before we need to keep ourselves covered, til our kids hit puberty.  I won’t say I never wonder if it’s okay for me to be naked in front of my daughter, because she’s still obsessed with my boobs, but I try not to make a big deal about it.  Since we haven’t lived together in two years, I don’t really know if her father walks around naked in front of her or not, but at this point I sort of hope not.  I know making a penis a big deal is probably not a good idea either, but for some reason I’m more comfortable working with the locker room theory that there’s less shame involved when exposed private bits are the same.

So what about you?  Do you walk around naked in front of your kids?  Have your kids ever complained about it or suggested that they could use some privacy?

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