Teaching Your Child About the Body
The majority of young children enjoy running around the house with no clothing on. So if their parents do the same, it’s likely they don’t even notice. And if they do, it’s to point out differences — “Mommy, why don’t you have a penis (or whatever word your child uses to describe his private parts)?” As kids get older, say 6 or 7, they may become more aware of nakedness, particularly as they interact with peers and are exposed to more on television.
If your child has questions, answer them honestly and encourage an open dialogue. You want your child to get information from you, not anyone else.
The Importance of Openly Talking to Your Child
It’s also important to talk to your child, even as young as three, about inappropriate touching and private parts.
As for bath time, siblings have been bathing together, you would imagine, for centuries. Again, as long as both children are comfortable, it’s fine. But as soon as one starts expressing displeasure or embarrassment, then it might be time for separate cleaning sessions.
How to Discuss Family Nudity to an Uncomfortable Partner
In the meantime, if you have a partner who is uncomfortable with family nudity, talk to them about it. Find out what it is exactly that makes them so uncomfortable. Is he or she equating nudity with sexuality?
Source: VeryWell Family
Original publication 20 September, 2020
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