This all started a with a phone call from New York Times reporter Julie Scelfo. She wanted to interview me for her touchy article on “Children Without Clothes: When Do They Need a Fig Leaf?” about kids stripping down when the weather gets hot.
This then led to a call from The Today Show on my cell phone. (Me, thinking: “The Today Show? Are you sure you have the right number?”)
Sure enough, a very sweet producer and TV camera man knocked on my door to ask: How long can kids run around naked?
What do you think? How do you feel about letting your kids run around naked at home?
“For many parents, allowing a child to run around naked at home is perfectly natural, an expression of physical freedom that represents the essence of childhood...,” Scelfo writes. “But for others, unclad bodies are an affront to civility, a source of discomfort and a potentially dangerous attraction for pedophiles.”
“Just for the record,” Scelfo added. “I tried to keep this story focused exclusively on nudity in homes—not in public, as I believe each setting raises its own set of important questions.
What really intrigued me was this: how fired up people this topic gets parents. Many are outraged by the “poor puritanical Americans,” who insist that kids should not play at home—or in enclosed yards—in their birthday suits.
This reader at the New York Times, however, added another point: “It has nothing to do with making kids feel embarrassed about their bodies, it’s called being polite. Do you have to be naked to be proud of your body?”
Amy Graff from The Mommy Files—whom I agree with—says that’s it not a big deal:
“… when it gets hot, I like to fill up the wash tub in the backyard and let my kids strip down and play in the water. It’s what I did as a kid and to me it seems perfectly normal. If only we had an apricot tree and a lawn that was long enough for a ‘slip and slide.'"
So, what do you think? Is it natural for young kids to run around naked—or unacceptable?
Originally published on SingleMomSeeking