We asked our readers how they felt about being naked around their kids. 24 percent of moms don't see any harm in a little nudity when their children are really young. After 3 years old, though, these moms agreed that it's time to start covering up. Reader Beccie shares a hilarious story about the downside of not being modest sooner. She writes, "I think its ok 'til they're about 3-ish. My husband showered with his boys until the toddler reached up a yanked daddy's 'chain,' plunging him to his knees screaming!" Your kid's curiosity may be a bit more than you bargained for during your morning shower.
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Blogger Alice Bradley supports the age limit as well, citing her 8-year-old son's propensity for no-holds-barred questioning. She says, "For starters, being naked, or even semi-naked, in front of my son would invite all manner of awful questions. Questions like, "Why is that part of your body all bumpy?" And then he would share that information with his friends. I really don't want Henry telling all his best pals how long it's been since my last bikini wax."
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Some moms waited a while longer to put the no-nudity rule into action. 25 percent of parents reported that they encouraged more modesty in kids once they hit their tweens. But is parental nudity just a numbers game? Reader Sonja disagrees that nudity around the house helps kids feel comfortable about their bodies. "It's not about shame, it's about not making your kids uncomfortable. My dad walked around in his tighty-whities when I was a preteen and teenager and it was horrifying to me. Way too awkward." So for the 22 percent of readers who are fine with everyone walking around in their underwear - you may want to double check with your possibly horrified pre-teen daughter.
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A low percentage of readers were on completely opposites sides of the debate - 13 percent said nudity was never okay in their homes, and 14 percent proudly professed belonging to "naked" households.
Whatever your preference is, we can all agree that the best decision is what's most comfortable for you and your family.
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