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ML pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson gives us the naked truth.

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Guest blogger Emily: Last night, my 8-year-old son walked in on me in the bath and appeared to be "mesmerized" by my va-jay-jay. His eyes were as big as saucers and he couldn't seem to avert his gaze. My husband quickly ushered him out of the bathroom, but it was beyond UNCOMFORTABLE. I've never worried about locking doors or "covering up" before ... but I think it's time to start!

Momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says:

When it comes to nudity, my advice is to take cues from your child. As soon as your son or daughter becomes modest, respect that desire for privacy.

Generally, toddlers love to run around naked and they don't take notice whether an adult has clothes on or not. By the early school years -- kindergarten or certainly first grade -- you will often hear your child make comments about adult nudity. This is a reasonable time to think about covering up a little more in front of your child.

If your child simply doesn't notice or doesn't care, then I recommend imposing a little more modesty once your child starts to develop. This occurs in the tween years. But nudity should not be demonized -- rather, modesty should be encouraged. This shift in the tween years is especially important as you are starting to have discussions about personal privacy and the most basic conversations about sexual behavior.

Many parents are concerned about bath time. Siblings often bathe together for years. This is not a bad thing. Use similar guideposts as to when you should impose separate bath times -- when your children start taking notice of each other's bodies and definitely if they are embarrassed or uncomfortable in the bath, end the routine. I find that by kindergarten or first grade, most kids want to shower by themselves instead of bathing with siblings.

It is important to note that conversations about private parts, inappropriate touching, strangers and the like should start well before any of this. I encourage parents to begin having regular conversations about these things around age 3.

Do you walk around naked in front of your kids?

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Randy October 27, 2010, 10:06 AM

I’m 23 and my mom and I see each other nude at home on a daily basis.Whenever I take a shower,she always joins me and we shower together all the time and we like it that way.Simple nudity is normal and harmless.It’s not just for couples.We’re comfortable with who we are and we prefer to be nude.

thenewguy November 18, 2010, 2:44 PM

I think that nudity is a natural thing and that if u want to walk around the house in the nude u should… In my house theres is only me and my mother and we both beleive in that. So me and my mom always walk around in the nude, is is 46 and i am 18… she is beautiful an sometimes when she walks around naked i get aroused but she is cool with that and we only laugh about it..

thenewguy November 18, 2010, 2:51 PM

as i said i am an 18 year boy and me and my mom always walk around naked in front of each other. we are so comfortable with our nudity that sometimes we masterbate in front of each other and sometimes at the same time. We just put a porno movie on the tv in the living room lock all the doors and we just masterbate. Its a great experience for an 18year old boy to masterbate with his mom

jack November 20, 2010, 10:22 PM

I was not really brought up a nudist but as a kid I used to swim nude as did my older sis and mother. Whe I reach my teen years and started to get erections for nor reason both were really cool about it and mom explained to me with my sister standing there what was happening and whi I was getting erections all of the time. It was a non issue. My sister would yell to my mom that I had an erection again whenever she wanted my mother to0 call me away? No big deal nudity is not sex.

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Mom's son December 30, 2010, 7:16 PM

I am an 18 year college student. I go home every two weeks to do my dirty laundry. When I’m there, I go nude just as I did when I was younger. (mom is also nude) She also gives me a bath when I’m home.
My roommate came home with me on break and was surprised about mom and my nudity. I told him ahead of time, but he thought that I was kidding.

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