How to Practice Nudity in Your Family

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Nudity and sex are not the same thing as many folks come to find. Many families are foregoing practice nudity that is relaxed and balanced, and social taboos in the solitude of their houses–feeling it promotes a wholesome comprehension of the human body as it is, not as it’s sexualized in the media. This informative article is not designed to coerce you into baring it all, but instead to assist you to learn the way to comfortably practice in your family, and decide if it’s suitable for you.
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Research family nudity without feeling it is not normal. Young children truly don’t care who sees them nude, and have not yet acquired a refined understanding of modesty.
This is the time when the parent can teach kids not to be self-conscious of their nakedness or of their bodies. This, consequently, will help kids associate nakedness to routine activity instead of entirely sexual activity. As a result, the more prurient forms of nakedness lose their “forbidden fruit” appeal.
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Keep nudity natural. Enable your kids–from birth–to see you in common situations that are nude, as you feel comfortable. Dressing and bathing are regular activities where nudity is either part of the process (dressing) or required (bathing).
Toilet tasks, while natural, aren’t something everybody is comfortable with sharing. Be true to your own private restrictions–don’t ever feel like you’ve to do something you’re not comfortable doing.
Regardless of relaxation amount, bare cooking isn’t recommended for anybody, on the reverse side! There are areas where hot oil simply doesn’t belong.
By being comfortable with your own body you are going to naturally convey the message to your children that nudity really is okay and not something to worry or be grossed out about. There are times in life when clothing have to be worn for protection, for comfort, and to adhere to social standards. However, by discussing with your kids about being comfortable with nudity at home, your kids will grow up understanding that being bare and being seen nude at home is not something “uncool, terrible, and totally embarrassing.”
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Start. Support family nudity right from birth. You’d be surprised how fast potty training takes root when your toddler is allowed to go naked at home.
Be ready for occasional “accidents,” and handle these situations smoothly without anger.
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Observe the differences. Your partner, and also you, describe to them the reason for these differences, as kids start to recognize differences between themselves.
Suggested explanations are: “Mommy’s breasts are for giving milk to infants like when you were little.”
Another subject which will crop up is pubic hair: “Mommy and Daddy have hair down here because our bodies are warmer, plus it can help keep our bodies cooler.”
In case the subject of sexual organs comes up (and it will), just be honest and aboveboard. “Mommy has a vagina, and father has a dick.” Avoid using terms that are daft or –they’ll be the words when the subject comes up at school your kids use. And it’ll come up.

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Avoid sexual expressiveness. Like bathroom time, sexuality is totally natural and ordinary. However, sexual shows are not for kids of any age. It traumatize them at worst, and will likely mistake them at best.
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Young teenagers develop increased modesty around the period of puberty. Do not induce someone to be nude. The transition may be helped by wearing trousers for a while. Being around other teenagers who role model relaxation with their bodies will not be worry.
There are several great books on pregnancy and adolescence that separate the physiological changes of puberty and the sexual aspect. These books provide a quite impartial clinical look at breast and pubic hair growth during the teen years, and include quite candid pictures of genuine arrivals. Sways like these supply a framework where family nudity can flourish to the benefit of all, and help nudity that is independent from sex in the child’s mind.
Honor others’ standards. It is great to point out that other folks are not accustomed to nudity, plus it’s kind to honor their wishes. This may mean keeping the curtains drawn, or willingly shutting family nudist videos when guests are present, for example–a practice that supports courtesy, but not shame.
A focal point for nudity that allows the entire family to participate together without artifice is extremely helpful. Outdoor pool or an indoor swimming pool with a privacy fence is great, maybe practical for most families. Saunas are also outstanding for this, but aren’t as common in the U.S. as Europe. A practical choice that works is a hot tub. Kids see this as a heated kiddie pool, and they can play with water toys, also.
A great side benefit to wholesome comprehensions of the naked body in the home is the fact that when the time comes to explain human reproduction, there will be less anxiety from the children–and less to be uneasy about for you. Children WOn’t possess the distraction of humiliation when discussing (what for others can be) “shameful” body parts. This in turn, will keep the communication lines open during adolescence.
Realize that not all shame is bad shame. Great shame is ingrained to help us avoid compromising circumstances. But other shame is caused by social conditioning during childhood, and predisposes us to clothing compulsiveness.
The goal is always to supply children the chance to see nakedness in a sense that is virtually non-existent in our society: to make it a neutral, non-sensuous element of everyday life in its appropriate context. This goes a ways toward inoculating them from the enticements so readily found outside the walls of your home and in the marketplace.
Do support family members to value in art that is fine –especially considering that ancient art is not bound by the hyper-sexualized and improbably body images so common in today’s advertisement-soaked culture.
For families where the kids are elderly it could be unwise or hard to try to alter mindsets. In some scenarios significant choices might need to be made in order to break free from habits. Such changes may include ridding the home of magazines, television, or alternative media that subtly (or not so subtly) links nudity to sex.
Be careful about with whom you share your family practices. Not all people will readily come to the decisions you meant. Sex and nudity are still closely linked in our society.
Exercise proper hygiene. When exercising family nudity, consistently encourage or require using a towel for sitting. Young children do not consistently exercise the very best cleaning methods after using the potty, as any parent can tell you. Do not be embarrassed about teaching good, healthy personal toileting hygiene to your kids. They seem to you accurately and to teach them properly.
Avoid exposing children to pornography. The very best example is older siblings or relatives who bring a very real component to human nakedness, your spouse, and you.
Although this should be clear to any well meaning parent, attention is advised during moments of intimacy and marital relationships. Since the genitalia are a major source of joy during these times, be attentive to rather accentuate the main functions (birth canal, urination) of genitals to younger children. Anything beyond that could overpower their emotional phase of work and growth against the wholesome surroundings you are trying to maintain. Married intimacy is best left behind closed doors.