Kids seeing their parents naked – until when is it okay?

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Are you doing the right thing by letting your kids see you naked? We speak to an expert about this sometimes tricky subject.

The subject of kids seeing their parents naked could be one that some parents find rather uncomfortable. On the other hand, some would wonder what the big fuss is all about.

To be honest, there is no single right answer to the question “Is it okay for kids to see their parents naked?”  This is a subject that is a bit more complex than we parents make it up to be.

Kids of different ages react to nudity quite differently, and their perceptions and feelings about their bodies could stem from how parents deal with their own nudity.

Kids seeing their parents naked

Do you react like this when your child sees you naked?

A two- or three-year-old looking at her mum changing would gleefully point and exclaim “boobies”, while a seven- or eight-year old might have questions like “Why aren’t my boobs big like yours?”

The same goes for boys who have plenty of questions about their dad’s private parts.

We asked several mums about heir thoughts on nudity around their kids.

Kids seeing their parents naked

Are you totally comfortable with your child seeing your private parts?

One mum, Amelia*, doesn’t know why it isn’t okay for her five-year-old son to see her naked. She says, “He sees me and my husband naked all the time and it’s just so natural to us. After he turned three, he stopped asking me why my body is different from his.”

Another mum, Claudia*, partly agrees with Amelia’s thoughts, saying, “After our son turned 6, we noticed that he got uncomfortable and stared a little too much when he saw me naked. So we are a little more careful about our son seeing me naked and our daughter seeing her father naked.” 

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