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Posted - 06/02/2004 :  8:19:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Why and when is nudism healthy for children?

As a parent, how do you make the decision whether to introduce your entire family to nudism? What are the benefits and caveats to consider?

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It promotes strength and a healthy mental attitude.You are more relaxed and not so closed minded about various things.This should be done as soon as possible in life.We as parents try to protect our children, we tell them not to touch the stove so not to get burned.Stay away from the water so not to drown.We as parents instill these fears in our youth,some good some bad,in my opinion it is wrong!I see children that have been brought up in a nude houshold as open minded and not closed minded and are more confident in all aspects of life,they haven't been closed down to the world around them!!Sorry for rambling but I could go on,Dave...

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Posted - 06/03/2004 :  02:02:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It eliminates curiosity about the human form and portrays the human form in a realistic manner. It shows the wholesome goodness of our bodies and probably prevents obsessing about bad body image issues. I also think it creats a tighter bond for the family as a whole. A shared experience with out a lot of the distractions of modern life and you tend to focus on everyone more.

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Posted - 06/03/2004 :  10:12:32 AM  Show Profile  Send calicpl1191 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yes. But, being new to nudism, my wife and I cannot think of any simple way to introduce our 2 children (11 & 9 years old) to this way of life. The were not raised as nudists. Quite the opposite. Before recently discovering the joy and freedom that nudism brings, my wife and I taught our children the traditional "cover up" style of child rearing. I fear that if I were to now tell them that its ok to be nude outside of the bathroom, it may confuse them. Moreover, they have never seen my wife or I in the nude, and I cannot fathom how that would effect them.
The wife and I have fallen in love with nudism, and I'm sure the kids would love it just as much, but, the act of becoming a nudist was made by us - as adults. Since my children were not raised as nudists, and were not exposed to this type of lifestyle at an earlier age, would it not be better to let them make that decision for themselves when they reach adulthood? Looking back, it would have been much easier on them, I think, if they were raised from an earlier age as nudists. But to suddenly thrust them into such a drastic change in beliefs might be a little shocking to them. I would hate to force them into something without knowing how it would effect their mental health. As children, are they mature enough to make that type of decision?
I wish there were an easy answer to this. Believe me, I have pondered long and hard for a way to introduce the kids to this. I hate lying to them. Every time we get a babysitter they become curious as to where we are going...what we are doing. But I just can't bring myself to tell them...not yet.
Another problem is that, with the exception of one close friend, nobody knows of our new nudist lifestyle. We know that our family and friends would not be supportave, especially if they knew we were involving the kids.
I know that there is no easy answer to this, but I am sure that others have been here before us. Any ideas, or past experiences to share would be of great help. Thanks....

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Posted - 06/03/2004 :  12:46:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is a great way to introduce the kids to nudism...skinnydipping. Do you have a private backyard? If so, get a small pool at WalMart and let them have at it. You can tell them that maybe they would prefer to swim without a suit so they don't have the hang around in a soggy, wet suit until it dries. The other option would be to go to a nudist park with kids and a pool. They'll have a blast!

:) Cheri

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Posted - 06/03/2004 :  4:12:16 PM  Show Profile  Send calicpl1191 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Cheri. The nudist park we joined has 2 pools actually. It is a family park, so there are other children around. I have already spoken to a few of the other parents about ways to introduce our kids. I just don't want to push them into anything, so we're taking it slow.

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That's a great idea Cheri. I wish I had thought of it.

Actually, Calicpl, there is no better time than the present.

For one, your kids are alot smarter than you think and it is always better to be honest with them. If they discover your true attitude on their own, inadvertently, you will loose ALL credibility. As Ricky Riccardo would have said "You goda lota splainin to do."

Secondly, at their ages, they stand a much better chance of developing a healthy attitude about nudity and the human body. If you wait much longer, the world will develop their reasonng that nudity=sex or pornography. Junior high is particularly bad for that.

Thirdly, they will ultimately thank you for not waiting until they are older as they will have had all these years to enjoy and to grow.

Lastly, if they are already aware of their comfort and desire to live unrestrained by clothing, they stand a much better chance of finding a compatible spouse with similar aspirations. Too often people discover naturism after marriage and become unhappy when their spouse refuses to join them.

Been there, bought the T-Shirt and the hat.
Hope it helps


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Posted - 06/03/2004 :  11:59:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Cheri's full of great ideas!

I think if I were in your flip flops I'd probably sit down and talk with your kids and come up with some choices that they could try such as Cheri said about skinnydipping, or sleeping without underwear, then try sleeping without PJ's, then try lounging after a bath or shower with just a shirt on....a slow, progressive journey to nudism at home. With you introducing them to other kids at your club, this progression may go faster than you think.

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Posted - 06/04/2004 :  05:08:39 AM  Show Profile  Send Kimberly a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
It is easier to raise kids to nudism when you start out with them early. I feel children are more comfortable with nudism, and learn the fear of nudity from adults. We had friends that had just recently become nudists, and they had the same worries. They had kids 9, 7, and 5 and were worried how to break them into nudity. They went to the nudist club and took the kids with them. Once the kids saw other kids their ages in the pool swimming nude, they were in the pool with them nude in no time. I think Cheri has some great ideas about initially exposing the kids to nudity.

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Posted - 06/04/2004 :  7:47:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ditto Kim,
Kids adapt to new situations quickly. Once they see other kids out there having a good time they will most likely take to it like a duck to water. I would say you are better off just sitting down and talking to them about it one on one. Explain you and moms new found past time and ask if they would like to go with you guys the next time you go. Make it optional. Same with the nudity the first time I took my kids they were around the same age maybe a little younger at first they would keep there clothes on and eventually they would take there clothes off when others went to get in the pool. Most clubs understand about kids being a little reluctant at first and don't push to hard. the only time I think they have a hard and fgast must be nude rule is in the pools. Which is perfect because the water gives them a sense of being covered. I think you'll find your fears are unfounded. Your kids will find it a bit odd at first but they just want to spend time with you. I believe it will be a non issue with them. Give it a try.

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Posted - 06/07/2004 :  08:23:10 AM  Show Profile  Send calicpl1191 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Honestly, I don't think the kids would have a tough time with it. I believe it's more of a hang up for the wife and I. While the kids are used to seeing us walking about in our underware, they have never seen us fully nude. I don't know why, but that just seems to be a huge hurdle.


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I believe nudism is always healthy for children. The problem is that:
1) too often children are forced into social nudity which ISN'T nudism
2) too often society holds a false view of nudism
3) sometimes children are not introduced to nudism in a healthy way
Then it becomes unhealthy.

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Posted - 06/07/2004 :  11:14:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I can understand point #2.

However, maybe i am naive, but what types of non-nudism social nudity are you referring?

and #3 i can understand if the intro is through parental kiddie porn type activity, which is not only unhealthy, but criminal.

anything else? just doesn't occur to me how this would happen.

sorry, maybe i"m also dense, but am having a blockhead moment right now.

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Posted - 06/07/2004 :  11:14:39 PM  Show Profile  Send calicpl1191 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I agree that society holds false views of nudism too, but could you please explain the difference between social nudity and nudism? Also, what would you consider an unhealthy way to introduce children to nudism?


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I am interested in hearing Cheefs response. Perhaps I am reading way to much into this but the only ways in which I can think introducing nudity to children being wrong is related to sex, sadly this is not uncommon in our society. Nudity only gets colored as deviant when we abuse the trust our children place in us or through a parents lack of supervison.

I live in a fairly uptight neighborhood on a military base. We have some neighbors with an autistic (SP?) child. He is such a happy child and everyday I pray for him an his parents even though I am not a religious person. I just feel they need every bit of patience God can give them. Anyway this little guy loves to go swimming in his wading pool and sometimes he dosen't want to wear his swimsuit sometimes he wants to wear his sisters swim suit it makes no difference to him. He is just so happy to be able to enjoy himself however he feels like dressing. And to his parents credit they don't freak out and try to cover him up. I think that's the way is should be let kids enjoy themselves and don't push all our adult fears on to them.

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Posted - 06/09/2004 :  3:47:36 PM  Show Profile  Send calicpl1191 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Just a quick update....the wife and I sat the kids down last evening and discussed going to the nudist resort with them. Some of you were right, and some of you were wrong. My daughter (9) wanted to go immediately. She is so excited by the idea. My son (11), on the other hand was a bit more apprehensive. He couldn't understand why we would even want to do such a thing. After discussing it with him, he agreed to go, but said he wanted to remain partially clothed (long t-shirt). I can understand...he's entering a period where his body is changing, and he's self conscious about it. We wont push him. If he decides it's not for him, then thats his choice.

Anyway, sorry for ranting on so long.

I'll will update if there are any further developments.


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