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Do you let your kids see you naked?

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I saw this in The Stir - Do you think it's normal for kids to see their parents nude?

Heidi Klum Lets Her Kids See Her Naked. So What?!

Posted by Christie Haskell
on August 27, 2011
 
heidi klumAccording to some, parental nudity will break kid's brains. Heidi Klum didn't get the message. She was spotted topless on a beach along. with her also-topless daughter Leni.

I don't see what the big deal is. When I was a kid, I saw my parents naked. Especially my mom (who reads this... sorry Mom!). We also went to pools where we'd be in the locker room and see women walking around totally naked, or men if we had to go into the locker room with my dad. And guess what? I'm not scarred for life. In fact, if anything, I think seeing lots of naked people did me good.

Especially seeing as it's just my sister and I, my mom didn't mind if we saw her naked. Because she found it so normal, we found it normal too. It also helps that as a nurse, she taught us how to compartmentalize the different uses of different things. Nudity in the shower? Totally different than nudity in front of a wind machine with oiled boobs. In fact, saying "oiled boobs" in a paragraph talking about my mom being naked weirds me out a little. But that's kind of my point. INTENTION.

The only thing my sister, as a toddler, got out of seeing a naked guy when my dad had to take her into the men's locker room was the perfect time to loudly announce, "Daddy, his thing is bigger than your thing!" Teehee!

When talking about her nudity in front of her child, Heidi Klum says of herself and husband Seal:

[My kids] see their parents naked all the time. We are not ashamed.

The writer of an article on MomFinds says she doesn't understand how you teach kids to keep private parts private if you don't keep them private, but says she walks around naked in her home. See, you teach children that there is a proper time, place and etiquette to nudity. There are social reasons you CAN be naked HERE but CAN'T be naked THERE. You teach why a swimsuit isn't proper attire for a nice restaurant but is appropriate for the beach. People also wear swimsuits that are more revealing than any clothing they would ever dare to wear -- different situations, different reasons, result in different things.

Kids CAN learn the difference -- that it's fine to run around their yard in nothing but shorts, but when they go to the grocery store, they are required to put on a shirt and shoes. They can learn that their penis can't come out in the grocery store, but is okay in a public bathroom. They can learn that breasts brought out for breastfeeding are different than those brought out for shock or sex. They can also learn that bodies are so private that they become uncomfortable ever using a locker room, a changing room in P.E. class, having an OB exam, or other situations. It's just as important to teach that there are places it's OKAY to be naked as it is to teach that there are places it's not. That said, it's important to always respect when a kiddo does ask for their own privacy as well, and your own comfort level DOES matter too.

And besides, Heidi Klum ain't exactly hard on the eyes.

Do you teach your kids that nudity can be normal in certain places, or is it something you work very hard to avoid?

by on Aug. 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM
Replies (51-60):
sjump25
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

My kids see me naked.  My 6 year old son will be telling me a story as I'm getting dressed or getting out of the shower.  It's never been a big deal.  I never really thought about it being bad I guess.

kate80
by New Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM
While I don't make a point of flashing my kids my boobs, I see absolutely nothing wrong with nudity. I don't walk around the house that but kids will come in while I am in the shower. Yes they have been taught there is a time and place for it as well. As they have gotten older they have developed modesty on their own. All but the 3yo freak if I so much as knock while they are naked. Somehow busting in on mom while she is naked is no big deal. *shrugs* good thing I don't care.
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paganbaby
by Chesty La Rue on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Nope. I walk naked in fromt of my kids all the time. No one cares.

ikesmommy
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

My son is almost eight and I avoid him seeing me naked. It will be much harder to do this year because we will have a little one in the house and I will be breastfeeding. My son was breastfed and he knows women's breast are for feeding babies. I don't make a big deal out of it, but I let him know about privacy and respect. In a few years, I hope my son never sees me naked though. I think for smaller kids, it's ok to see mommy and daddy naked.

sassysuie
by Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

 My 1 year old daughter sees me naked all the time, mostly because I can't take a shower without her wanting to be in the shower with me!! No big deal to me, my 3 year old son on the other hand hasn't seen me naked since he came out of my vagina in the delivery room. I don't feel comfortable allowing my son to see his mommy naked, that's just me.

prettymomma1011
by New Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I am 20 years old and I still see my mother naked. It doesn't really bother my family about nudity. 

aprilmcgraw
by Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM
Are you kidding I cant pee without my two yr old barging intryin to "help" me.lol.I have 4girls. Its no biggy if they walk in on me but my 2 yr old is the only one that see s me on a regular baisis.Not my choice. But I cant go amywhere without her.
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vinalex0581
by Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

i think it's ok until they reach a certain age.

but i don't always see a beautiful naked as representing a sexual image, i think being naked can also be very natural.

look at those old statues that have those naked people posing.

no one saw anything wrong with that, as a matter of fact people were so fine with it that they turned it into art.

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BEXi
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I have 4 and 5 year old boys. I try to change my clothes in privacy, but it doesnt always work. LOL


We're not modest about nudity in our home.

                                                         
                                          
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stillkim
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I don't avoid it. When my son gets older I'll have to but not now.

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