Earlier today as I was sorting through a drawer of my son’s pre-school art, I came across an old Valentine’s Day card that he had made for my husband and I. On the front was your standard, run of the mill hearts & such, but inside was an adorable little message. His teacher had apparently asked all of the kids “what is your favorite thing to do with your parents?” My son’s answer, which she was compelled to put in writing, was “shower with them”.
Once again, I had been kicked in the tits by my son’s innocence and I can remember trying desperately to catch my breath while reading it. At some point, I was able to look his teacher in the eye and calmly say to her “we don’t all shower together” but I’m pretty certain that by the look on her face, the only image she held of our family was that of our communal bathing. We have since moved on from that school but coming across that little reminder today got me thinking about boundaries and asking the question “at what age does showering with your kids become inappropriate?” I took to the internet in search of answers and of course, found everything from “when the parent or child feels uncomfortable with showering with each other” to a very definitive “three years old is the absolute maximum age in which showering with your children should be allowed unless both parties are wearing underpants.” Needless to say, I am confused and now curious, to know what your take is on the issue. So without further adieu…
Today’s Open Forum for Feedback:
At what age does showering with, or being naked in front of, your child become inappropriate?