By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline. Sharing a bath can be a playful way for parents to bond with their children. But many believe their comes an age when children should no longer see their parents in the nude. The question of 'how old is too old' was debated by Mumsnet users after one mother-of-two asked whether it was 'fine' for her six-year-old son to see her naked.
Just this morning my eight-year-old daughter watched me walk naked from the bathroom to my bedroom. I explained that my stomach had to stretch to make room for each baby before shrinking back again after I gave birth. All my children — my husband Mathew and I have two sons, Oliver, 11, and Cruz, nine, as well as Mikaela — are used to seeing me walking around happy and comfortable in my own bare skin. In fact, I believe that every little girl should grow up seeing her mother naked on a regular basis. A survey by childcare professionals found that girls experience body dissatisfaction from the age of eight and less than half of girls aged between ten and 17 like the way they look. So as mothers we need to show them irrefutable evidence of body positivity from a very early age. The best way to do that is by letting them see our own bodies in their varied and naturally beautiful forms. Nor should we be hyper-critical of our flaws in their company. After all, children are like sponges — if a little girl grows up seeing her mum nonchalant about being seen nude in the home, it imprints upon her the important message that her mother is comfortable in her body, whatever its shape and size. So she can be, too.
I see no reason to be secretive about a body, which is just a body like many other bodies. I took one of my sons to the sauna, we walked around naked between a whole lot of other people also walking around naked. And last year when my son was here, 23 years old, and he needed a towel when I still was in bed? I came naked out of bed, walked naked to the cupboard where we keep the towels, and walked into the bathroom where I gave him his towel while we both were naked.
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