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Children & Nudity
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At what age(the child’s age!) does it become inappropriate for parents to be nude in front of their children? Up until recently I would run around the house 1/2 naked or change in front of my son until the day he pointed at my pubic hair and started laughing like only a child can. I’ve read that the general rule of thumb seems to be about 2 years of age.

Also curious how the answers will vary amongst the different cultures represented on the boards. I’m expecting a variety of answers considering that here in the US nudity is considered a pretty big deal.

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In Norway boys going to public swimmingpool with there mother shower and change @ the girls side and girls with father at boys side upto 8. Sometime I have seen girls upto 10 but then they are shy and usually dont shower nude. Germans are less shy than Norwegians.

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My daughter is 5 and I still have her shower with me if we are in a hurry. I can still change in front of her with no worries. She was around 3 when she noticed her daddy’s peen, and that really freaked him out, so he no longer does anything infront of her that requires taking clothes off

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(Realizing the original post is over 5 years old, and hopefully resolved by now… )

Reminds me of when I had friends visiting in Norway one summer. We were headed up into the mountains on a bright sunny very warm (by Norwegian standards) July day. As we passed a lake with a small beach, one of their teen girls said “Don! Those boys were naked!!” to which I replied, “Yeah, and…?”
her: “Don’t you think we should go back and see if they’re o.k.?”
me: “No. Why?”
her: “Well you can’t just be out naked like that with people driving by!!!”
Me: “Welcome to Norway. It’s summer. They’re little kids.”

It was a bit of a shock for me when I first arrived, too. Driving to friends house one summer afternoon, brighty sunny very warm, rounded the corner to their neighborhood and thought it must’ve been some secret wormhole passage to Neverland Ranch — naked kids everywhere. But like others have said, after probably age 7 or 8, they start to become too self-aware, and older kids were clothed—at least from the waist down.

There’s a relaxed attitude towards the human body that seems more healthy in Europe than what I experienced growing up the US. There are also very clear boundaries between innocent nudity, and lewd or sexualized behavior. If some bugger is bothering kids in their “summer-suits,” know that for sure watchful parents would quickly swoop in.

The original question also asked what age we thought it’s no longer appropriate to be naked in front of our own children. In a society that shares healthy attitudes toward family nudity, I don’t think there’s necessarily any age, as long as there is no sexualization of the nudity (such as “Daddy has a peen!” above, which may or may not be sexual). If any member of the family prefers privacy, that should be respected.

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I must live in a real prudish part of Norway because I’ve never seen a naked Norwegian in my 3 years here. No Germans are always naked, the unisex sauna freaked me out the first time I had one without realising they were unisex.

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At this point in my life, only the brave and extremely visually impaired should see me nekkid.

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KiwiRob wrote:
I must live in a real prudish part of Norway because I’ve never seen a naked Norwegian in my 3 years here. No Germans are always naked, the unisex sauna freaked me out the first time I had one without realising they were unisex.

Yeah,

you moved to Norway on the back of all this naked child tottie you heard about. Disappointed you Kiddie Fiddler?

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The real scary part of this thread is that Novice (who is American) was sporting a crack like an Al Queda ‘Wanted’ poster, not the fact she was running about nude around her kid

Cutting around with a vulva like Bin Ladens chin even if you are a mom or getting nowt on the nasims front is a no-no. For all the years the Frenchies got to tight round here for having the bees swarming all over their nether regions when the stark reality is they (americans) were ‘matted’ too it’s sad.

Novice, you two year old son was laughing at your bush because he’s seen front, back crack (and sac) waxed on the TV, internet and in the printed press.

Reminds me of the thread Rancid Chic posted about shaving and how to avoid a spotty cuntymound…. think she was about 22-23 before she got a slapfud.

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This has to be a record post life length.

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.