I never ever saw my father naked—except for the last three weeks of his life when he was in the hospital and he had no other choice but to let my sister and I see him naked when we bathed him. While I do remember seeing my mom nude, the instances were few and far between. Both my parents were always so private about their privates. If ever happened to walk in while my mom was getting dressed or undressed, she would turn around so I wouldn't see her. I don't know if this is a cultural thing or a generational thing or both.

While I don't really see anything wrong with that, I didn't follow in their lead. Our children have seen both my husband and I naked pretty much all their very short lives. I mean, it's not like we make it a point for them to see us naked, but we don't cover our bodies if they happen to walk in while we're changing because I don't think there's anything wrong with that either.

But in talking to a friend recently, we wondered until what age it was appropriate for our children to see us naked. As the mom of three boys, my friend told me she recently realized it'd be best if her 7-year-old no longer saw her naked. I'm thinking I'll never have a problem with Vanessa seeing me naked, but seeing her dad naked is another story.

Same thing goes with my son. Although he's still a baby, I image there'll be a time when I will no longer feel comfortable with him seeing me naked, but I'm not sure when that'll be. Crazy the kind of things we have to think about when we're parents, no?

Do you let your children see you naked?

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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I also feel that there is an age where we need to be careful to let our children see us naked, meaning if you are the woman you son should not see you after a certain age and if its a girl the same thing goes for her father.  I've let both my  daughter and son see me in my under garments up until now but naked only my daughter since we are of the same sex.  This  is my opinion and my ways I am sure everyone has their own way of bringing up their cildren. 

theha...

I have 2 boys, one is 11 and the other one 7.  They see both of us naked and we have no problem with it.  I refuse to teach my children that there is something wrong with nudity.  There is nothing wrong with out bodies and teaching them that we have to cover when we are naked is teaching them taboos.  Now, I would preffer if they do not walk in when I am using the bathroom, but I do not mind if they come to ask a question when I'm taking a shower.  My parents where too private and they tought us that nudity was something wrong.  That creates intimacy issues and it was really hard for me to accept that our bodies are not perfect but it is the body we have.

Criss...

yeah ... my baby is 16 months not really see anything wrong I do not want to believe that it is ...  for my 10 year old daughter .. I am ashamed and neither she likes, always cover her eyes...

SEA0701

Yeah, My baby girl is only 11 months so we are always taking bath and shower together. I have never seen my dad naked nor do i want too lol, I've seen my mom a few times. I didn't think when my baby is older I'm gonna take showers nor baths with her not that I think its a bad thing but to me it would be more of a privacy think...!!

mamilily
Si a mi nunca me dio o me da pena es algo para mi normal x k yo pienso k en la casase de ve educar a los ninos x k si ellos lo aprenden en la calle cundo los amigos platican tal ves ellos lo vean con morbo mis hijos tiene 24 , 19 , 12 y 9. Y no me dapena no andar asi en mi casa
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