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In our Daddy Issues series, a father of a young daughter seeks guidance, hoping to raise a strong woman. He looks to feminism—and readers—for help. In fact, the only time I can remember seeing more than I wanted to of any family member was when I walked in on my brother in the bathroom.
Is there a certain age you should refrain from being naked in front of your children? So is six the cut off age when you should stop letting your child see you naked? At the same time, I also recently came back from a tropical vacation with my year-old daughter, where, yeah, I changed in front of her, in and out of bathing suits, like a thousand times.
Some parents believe in keeping nudity as a normal part of family life so kids become comfortable with their bodies. Others feel things should be covered up as soon as kids are walking. We asked moms, dads, and medical experts for their take.
You know that look you get when you say something you thought was pretty normal, only they think you're bonkers? I got one of those looks recently. I had mentioned being embarrassed when my daughter threw open the bathroom door when we had company because she's so used to it being open.
Yay for me. Nay for my husband. I was very happy to have a vagina.
I know this dynamic changes when these roles are occupied by a mother and her son, and that a little boy is probably older by the time the transition occurs. Any thoughts? In fact, the opposite is true.
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. She laughs and together we talk about how our bodies change as we live. Not age, but live.