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When is it OK to Be Naked Around Our Kids?

Parents often wonder about the appropriate age to stop being naked around their children. The answer to this question largely depends on your family’s values and the level of respect within the household.

As long as everyone in the family feels comfortable, it’s generally acceptable to be naked around your children. However, between the ages of 5 and 8, most children start developing their own sense of modesty. This typically progresses in stages:

  1. Children don’t want to be undressed around their friends.
  2. They become uncomfortable being undressed around their siblings.
  3. Finally, they prefer not to be undressed around their parents.

It’s important to note that being undressed in front of children is not inherently damaging to them. Rather, it’s a matter of respecting their growing sense of decorum and modesty. As parents, it’s crucial to teach children to respect their own bodies while also acknowledging and respecting their evolving preferences.

Comfort level teaches them an important lesson about consent that they need to consent to what they see, as well as to what they do.

When anyone in the family starts feeling uncomfortable with nudity, it’s time to adjust and cover up, such as by putting on a robe. By being attentive to your children’s changing needs and maintaining open communication within the family, you can create a respectful and comfortable environment for everyone.

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4 thoughts on “When is it OK to Be Naked Around Our Kids?”

  1. This site has been so helpful! Blended families can be a challenge! My grand-daughter is the oldest of 3 children in a blended family. She is 13, stepbrother is 9 and stepsister is 6. It certainly seemed that the Cinderella story was at work here! I have been passing along your tips. A wonderful counselor has been found and the parents seems to be putting forth a better effort. Please, include some “blended-family” specific tips if you can.

    Thank you so much!
    Grateful Meema

  2. Very helpful information, thank you for sharing. I have always made it a priority that my kids know that other people aren’t allowed to touch or see their private parts. When my older kids have had issues down below, they are often embarrassed to show me. I just tell them that I am still their mom and I need to know what is going on so that I can take them to the doctor if there is an issue. I want my kids to be comfortable with who they are.

    1. That is a great way to approach the issue Christy – you are keeping the lines of communication open, showing your kids your respect but also teaching them to take care of their problems.

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