Apparently I am becoming an "issue" writer. I think it stems from all the assvice, advice, "they say" passive agressiveness, and what-not that comes along with having a child. I will admit, sometimes I jump the gun. Because I anticipate the things that will be important to me, and the reactions from people to those things. Or, issues that could arise.
Bodies. As in our human bodies. As in I don't always feel the need to cover mine, and I also don't want my son (and other children???) to feel that their bodies are something to be covered and be ashamed of. Now, my mom walked around all the time naked in front of us. I didn't care...the younger sisters apparently managed more social input and were thoroughly embarassed.
In fact, I distinctly remember the day my mother made me put a shirt on outside in the summer for the first time. I think I was around 5 years old. And I was PISSED. She tried to explain to me. You know, "People are uncomfortable" etc etc etc. No, I didn't understand. At all. It's difficult to go from naked child to covered-up child. I think that may have been my first real experience with social constraints. I was not pleased. To this day I feel more comfortable nude than in revealing clothing...
So, my poor kid is going to have a fairly nudist mom. And people get in SUCH an uproar about that. As in child abuse allegations uproar. But, and correct me if I'm wrong, my little man has spent an inordinate amount of time attached to my naked wobbly bits. I realize this will not stick in his long-term memory. But at the same time, I'm not sure I care if it does. I don't want him growing up with the media's hype over nudity. I want him to know that our bodies are natural, that it's okay to be comfortable in your own skin.
I would NEVER go so far as to be nude in front of other people's children - that is their call to make.
I haven't had the time to research, but logic leads me to believe that children of nudists are no more screwed up than children of, say, 7th Day Adventists. A healthy body image is so important! And children of cultures where nudity is the norm come out, join the "Western" world, and see to be fine. I think. Based on my admittedly limited observations in one particular culture.
I guess where I am going with this is ...
What are your feelings? Yes, my decision, etc, but I just wonder if you've considered at what point to cover up. Where do you draw the line? AND, is it necessary? I'm not saying I am going to take baths with my kid forever, but I don't know that being all cover-up-bodies-are-bad is something I want either.
Thoughts? And PLEASE be respectful. Thanks!