To Bare or Not To Bare

I’ll cut to the chase. I’m a nudist. I don’t like clothes or shoes. Now that I put that out there.

My son is now six and my husband thinks its high time I put some clothes on around the house. Disclaimer: I don’t do it when others are around. Just thought I would put that out there.

I do agree that I need to cover up but I don’t think there is anything wrong with the human body. Yet I would freak out if Lil Mama saw the Mr. bucked naked * that was in my Bernie Mac voice* Not familiar? here you go. FYI there is cursing and profanity in this clip. You have been warned! You can stop it after 0:16 or watch the whole thing for some flash back giggles. I digress.


My mom and aunts walked nude around me so its second nature but I do have to remember that I have a son and it just might not be the best thing. I have started to cover up, but when he streaked across the house while my niece was here I think I may be a day late with this epiphany. I’m just curious. What’s your take on nudity around your child(ren)?

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  1. In all honesty, I don’t think it’s a big deal. If you’re in bathroom bathing and he walks in then hey he’s going to see. I think it’s more how you handle being nude in front of your kids that matters. You don’t make to them under comfortable seeing the human body unclothed.

    I saw both my parents naked on a few occasions that I can remember as a child and they didn’t make the situation weird or uncomfortable. And because of that I think that’s one reason I never acted crazy or silly when I saw nudity elsewhere-movies, magazines, health class,etc. In my family if we see each other nude, it’s not a big deal. You have to find that balance and comfort level that works for you guys.
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  2. The hubs just told me this the other day. I need to start dressing around the kids. I don’t wanna I was so use to being in barely nothing around the house with my mom but we were ladies so I don’t think it mattered. Having a boy is a different story.
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  3. My husband doesn’t play it. My son is 10 and Hubs has repremanded me for walking around in a bra around our son. Now while I dont particularly mind it, he is adament about it I think because of his age. We are both a little more free around the girls (ages 3&4) but in a few years that will probably come to an end too.

  4. I don’t see anything wrong (but then again I have a girl). I don’t mind mind baring it all in front of her, after all I used to because I was nursing more often, but I can see how things will get weird with a son. At some point all kids become more aware of their bodies and start to be uncomfortable with seeing their parents (regardless of how the parents feel about their bodies).

    However, since I have a daughter, I put cloths on for modesty (and I hate getting splashed was I was cooking, and getting really dirty when cleaning).
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  5. OMG this clip is so funny. You got me wanting to watch the movie. But I too like to be naked. I hate having to wear clothes and when I’m home it feels good to be free. I’m comfortable with my body, but I guess I also learned it from my mom who likes to be naked too. Even now she doesn’t close the bathroom door and I’ll go in the bathroom while she’s washing and have a conversations. In my house we don’t close bathroom doors and my girls are always in the bathroom with me. I even had a problem with my daughter putting on clothes because I had to make her put on clothes a couple times when I found her baring it all watching TV, but she gets it from me and her grandma. Thankfully I don’t have boys so I don’t have to be as concerned but I do think that if I did have boys after they got older I would probably be more aware of doing it while they are around.
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  6. I am single and live along so of course, there are not complaints.

    For families, I think it’s ok with smaller children. Once the kids are 6 or so, I’d probably cover up a bit more. I don’t think I’ll ever be fully dressed in the house because it feels weird to me.

    My childhood neighbors’ parents didn’t wear clothes in the house (I never saw it).
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  7. When you have younger kids I feel it’s okay. But now we have growing boys so I make sure I have on pajamas and tee when I walk around the house. We do have girls, but they always want to come in the bathroom or watch me dress. I feels that’s okay. I did the same with my grandmama (my mama). I’d sit in the bathroom and chat with her while she bathe.

    My husband never walks around the house with his shirt off in front of the girls. It’s his way and I respect that.

    Hugs and Mocha,
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  8. My mom was a total nudie. She was often spotted by neighbors looking out of the window and she didnt care at all. She cooked topless all the time. I admire her courage to be free but I would rather she put clothes on.

    Once breastfeeding is over I think I’ll be clothed when in common areas. Right now I usually have at least 1 bewb exposed.
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  9. I really try to keep covered around my son, and my husband does the same. AND I have to just tell the truth because we are friends….. I fear my son going to school and telling his teachers (or others) he saw his mom or dad with no clothes on. I am just not ready for that conversation or those looks. lol
    My mom would walk around exposed, (don’t tell her I said that), but my dad NEVER, NEVER, EVER did around his 3 girls.
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  10. hehehe! My stepmom is a nudist, and I guess I’d consider myself to be a half-nudist. My stepmom actually never stopped walking around naked to my knowledge. LOL. When I move out the house, my little brothers were in elementary school and she still did it. Her mom and sisters do the same, so I don’t think she ever thought anything of it. It didn’t bother me at all, but if my dad did it, I would have been freaked the hell out LOL!!

    Now, that I am married, I still end to walk around naked a lot, but my husband is a bit more conservative. I don’t think he is going to be too happy with me when we have kids. LOL!
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  11. I think that it’s fine when children (girls and boys) are very young to see either parent in the nude. Once they are age 4 or so, and easily identifying body parts, especially the difference between girls and boys, I think that both parents should be covered up. After that, girls and their mothers will still have a special bond and be able to be in a state on undress with one another, but I don’t think it appropriate for little boys to see their mothers, or little girls to see their fathers.
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  12. I miss Bernie Mack so much!!!
    I grew up in a kinda free household. While we weren’t totally nude, we were all comfortable with each other. I don’t really cover up in front of Pookah, bit I guess that since he’s a boy I will sooner or later.

  13. You know what’s funny? To read the comments and see how many people are nudist or grew ip with nudist.

    I think as long as you don’t make a big deal about it, it shouldn’t matter. My son will be 3 and he see’s both me and his dad naked but mostly when we are getting dressed or showered. I’m cold natured so I can’t be running around with no clothes!
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  14. I have no problem walking around the house naked. My son is only one. I think my thoughts on this will change as he gets older. Even now I feel like I should put clothes on around him. However, I think I would feel differently if I had a daughter.

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