By Antonia Hoyle for the Daily Mail. One sunny afternoon, Ella Brookbanks and her family were enjoying a picnic at a local beauty spot surrounded by strangers who were also making the most of the glorious weather. When, on a parenting forum recently, a mother asked if young girls should play naked in the park, opinions were fiercely divided.
So are my days of casual nakedness at home over? Nobody touches it. Approach things in a calm, open-minded way, so that your child will be more comfortable coming to you later about issues surrounding their private areas without feeling shameful.
My husband and I are teaching our kids to be kind, and gracious, and loving. This will come as no surprise if you follow me on instagram. This started—not coincidentally—when the weather warmed up.
Parents shower in front of and bathe with their children all the time. Not only is there nothing wrong with that, a shared bath or open shower is often a necessity for a parent struggling to get free time or caregiving alone. Done right, the family shower can provide an effective forum for a child to wash independently and learn a bit about anatomy while becoming comfortable with their own body. When that happens depends largely on how parents feel about nudity and what message they want to send.
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.
I crawled out of bed, still wearing my Cracker Barrel uniform from the night before and managed to make my way over to the coffee machine. I grabbed my pumpkin spiced coffee, walked over to the couch, and opened his laptop. It was like the television was somehow warning me.
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Remembering back to her age and how panicky I was to get my diary under lock and key if anyone entered my bedroom, I immediately thought this was a sign my daughter was surely hiding something. These were the only scenarios I could fathom for a child who gets straight As, always speaks respectfully, and hangs out with friends who have my approval. After insisting she disclose her password to me, I opened up a shocking and disgusting! Perhaps more troubling than any of this was an application my daughter had sneakily downloaded you are supposed to be 13 years or older called Ask.
But when she asks to go naked or even just topless in public, my answer is no. I don't mind her streaking in the house. However, outside these walls, her body is for our eyes only.
Kelly Wallace, CNN. Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two girls. CNN Let me say at the start that there is no way around the topic of nakedness in front of your children without getting personal and slightly uncomfortable.