Do you let your kids see you naked? One mummy blogger has made a passionate plea urging other mothers to be more open about their bodies in front of their children.
Constance Hall, a parent blogger with a following of nearly 500,000, shared a nude photograph of herself with her infant son along with a message advocating nakedness around children.
Her post took the internet by storm and attracted thousands of responses from likeminded mums. But not everyone was convinced by her argument.
She wrote: “I advocate nakedness around your children, homes and husbands.
“I don’t want my boys’ expectations of women to resemble those that they see in magazines or TV nor do I want my girls’ expectations of themselves to.
“I believe that with the help of Queens loving themselves the next generation’s definition of beauty will be radically different and no longer will we idolise the unrealistic airbrushed idea of perfection that causes so much self doubt and depression.”
As most people are aware, helping children to build a healthy and positive body image is just of the challenges faced by adults.
Developing a good body image means helping children to appreciate their body’s qualities and quirks. It also means teaching them to accept a whole range of body shapes as ‘real’ or normal.
Do you advocate nakedness too?
While the vast majority of commenters shared Constance’s outlook, not everyone was in total agreement.
One mother said: “I won’t be naked around my kids because, while I’ve made my peace with my body, I also believe in modesty. My kids know I’m comfortable in my own skin and I’m teaching them to be happy in theirs and that’s the important thing.”
Another added: “Being naked doesn’t necessarily portray a healthy body image. Having your children see you naked and showering with them until an inappropriate age doesn’t mean they are going to look at your body and see it as the way women should look with no clothes on.”
Do you agree with Constance’s post? Should nakedness around children be the norm? Or do you have a different point of view? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.