Who knew nudity in parenting was such a controversial topic?
A few months ago, blogger Rita Templeton wrote a massively-shared blog post titled “Why I Want My Sons To See Me Naked.” To summarize, Templeton said she frequently exposes her young sons to her naked body in order to fight the unrealistic body images they will soon see in the media.
“Before they are exposed to boobs that are as round and firm as cantaloupes and pictures of taut, airbrushed, dimple-less butts, I’m exposing them to a different kind of female body. Mine,” she wrote.
Templeton’s approach sparked a huge discussion on the issue. Many agree with her, many firmly disagree, and still others find themselves somewhere in between.
CNN’s Kelly Wallace penned a column of her own this week in which she discusses her opinion on the topic and asks others for their's as well. No two answers are the same, which is about what you’d expect for a topic with as much grey area as this one.
Her personal approach?
“A lifetime of body image issues means I’m not one to walk around naked at home,” she writes. “But I don’t cover up around my daughters, 7 and 8, when I’m getting dressed or in the bathroom, either. I don’t want them to think there is anything wrong with my body or theirs.”
Rhonda Woods, a mother of three, says the approach used by her and her husband evolves as their children age.
“As they get older, my husband is more discreet around our daughters and I am more discreet around our son," she says. "Not because we are uncomfortable, but because they may be. So when it is time for me to undress, I tell whichever of my kids is in my room talking to me, that I plan to do so and they have the option to leave.”
Norman Nathamn, founder of the blog “The Mamafesto” also shared her approach with Wallace.
“Nudity, when it’s within your home and 100% nonsexualized, isn’t going to traumatize a child, especially if you’re all on the same page, are all consenting and are all comfortable with it,” she says.
Nancy Friedman, a mother of two, says her children inexplicitly dictate the policy in her home.
“I think your kids let you know when it’s time to stop being naked in front of them — usually about the time they decide they don’t want to be naked in front of you,” she reasons.
We told you there were a ton of opinions on this topic. So, readers, what’s yours?