Gwyneth Paltrow causes a bit of a stir when she talks about how she loves to take a bath with her children, Apple (7), and Moses (5).
Some parents think that’s just so wrong. One mom posted on iVillage: "Experts say that by the time kids reach preschool, parents should back off of group bathing, particularly when kids begin to notice body parts. It reinforces that some areas of our bodies are private and not to be shared with other people."
I’m with Perez Hilton on this one: “We think Gwyn's bath time is sweet! There's not reason to teach kids to be ashamed of their bodies.”
We put all three of our children in the bath together—a seven-year-old girl, and two younger brothers. The only reason we would stop (before there’s just not room) is if we sensed any discomfort.
We’ve always been open and comfortable with nudity in our house. Our children understand boys and girls have different body parts and I think that’s healthy. They see my husband and me naked, so they know how adult bodies look.
It doesn’t have anything to do with “private areas” not being private. They wouldn’t walk outside naked, just like we wouldn’t.
I’m sure there will come a time when their own sensibilities will show us what’s right for them individually, but until that time, I believe in not making a big deal about the nude body. We all have ‘em and they all look different and that’s okay.