(Closed) How old is too old for children to be running around the house butt naked?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: How old is "too old?"
    3 : (67 votes)
    26 %
    4 : (51 votes)
    20 %
    5 : (40 votes)
    16 %
    6 : (23 votes)
    9 %
    7 : (7 votes)
    3 %
    8 : (1 votes)
    0 %
    9 : (3 votes)
    1 %
    10 : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Over 10 : (19 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 47
    1443 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    When my daughter was 2 and 3, she would hang out in just her underwear, all the time.  After those ages, however, she started wanting more privacy.  I still helped her out with bath time and getting dressed; she just didn’t like being mostly naked around the house.

    Post # 48
    1021 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I loved being naked as a kid. I think I was around 10 when my parents suggested I stop, and by then, I was kind of thinking it already myself. I never felt comfortable being naked with company over or in other people’s houses, though.

    ETA: And I never felt so comfortable in my own skin that I’d go around flashing boys, and it definitely didn’t cause me to start having sex at an early age either. 

    Post # 49
    7819 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We have a “panties” rule- you always need to be wearing at least panties!

    Post # 50
    4857 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I personally would have them dressed unless they’re bathing… but that’s just me. I would be extremely wierded out with someone’s kid running around naked if I was visiting. Throw on some jammies. <.<

    Post # 51
    2564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m not a naked person, it has nothing to do with being ashamed of my body.  I like wearing clothes, and don’t want to be sitting around on the furniture or something bare assed.

    Children wearing only diapers around the house?  Eh, fine.  But I don’t see a reason or need to be naked outside of bathing/changing clothes.

    Post # 52
    9504 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would think at the latest by the time they’re starting kindergarten…so around 5?

    Post # 53
    10650 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    It depends.  I have topical medications and sometimes clothing hurts my skin during a flareup and I don’t always want to just hang out in my room while it soaks in or to just avoid being in pain.  If I want to hang out naked (if I don’t have underwear on, I through a blanket down first) outside of the bedroom so I can watch tv or whatever, it would be pretty hypocritical to say a kid shouldn’t.

    Post # 54
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I think that it really depends on the child, and his or her situation and homelife. All young children are curious about their bodies, and do not typically feel embarassed about their bodies, as adults would. We would be much less likely to run around naked! Children don’t see this as a problem. However, the only issue I would see with this is getting the child to put clothes on when it is appropriate to do so. For example, if the child is going to a daycare or preschool setting, obviously they need to wear clothes there. If they are going to a family member’s or friend’s home, they need to wear clothes. Maybe this is a case where you let the child be naked in his or her bedroom and/or bathroom, and nowhere else. If they want to be naked, maybe make it a rule that they must remain in their bedroom. I personally wouldn’t have an issue with a young child running around the house naked…but it could become a problem later on down the road.

    Post # 55
    293 posts
    Helper bee

    @Aquaria:  because they’re kids, and kids like to be naked! 

    Seriously, my daughter is a little nudist. She’s 8, and will still wander about naked occasionally. Not often, and not  when OH is here. I’ve never enforced it, she’s just naturally ‘got it’. I still wander about naked occasionally, it’s no big deal. 

    Post # 57
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - Historic cinema

    I’m lounging around naked now! lol

    I’m 28

    Post # 58
    3 posts

    Some children go through a phase of running around naked other children not so much.  if you do not teach those children that running around naked is not appropriotate they will be grown men or women that think it is fine to be in public naked.  Or they could just grow out of it.  It all depends on the attentions they receive from it.  Remember when a child is craving attention it doesn’t matter whether it’s good attention or bad its all attention to this child.  Just do not make a big deal over it and teach your children that wearing clothes is better.

    Post # 59
    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I love being naked, so it wouldn’t be any shock to me if my kids do, too.  I voted over 10, but really just because I think that’s the age they would likely start to feel like they want some privacy and don’t want to be naked in front of family.  But like others have said, I don’t get what the big deal is – it’s a body, nothing to be ashamed of, and if it’s “dirty” well then it’s probably time for a bath!  Those worried about 2-3 year olds being naked because of “over-sexualization” – to me, I feel like you’re sexualizing them by thinking this way.  Nudity in the privacy of your own home doesn’t have to be a sexual thing. (not trying to attack anyone or single anyone out, but just that general line of thinking doesn’t make sense to me)

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