As parents, we want the best for our children. In a society that is hyper-sexualizing nudity, defining body norms through Photoshopped instagrammed models, and experiencing increased bullying, navigating childhood and parenting, with a naturist mindset can seem daunting. It should not be!
If you already are a naturist, raising your children in the naturist lifestyle, you likely recognize the many benefits it provides. If you’re not a naturist, you may have your doubts and hesitation. However, whether you are or not a naturist, you may also have concerns about potential challenges and how to best guide your kids.
Inspired by other parents, discussions I had with naturist families and my own experience, in this post, I’ll share advice on the positives of raising nudist children as well as effective strategies for handling the difficulties.
The Physical Benefits of Nudism for Kids
If you’re a seasoned naturist, you’re experiencing the many benefits of simple and social nudity. Spending time nude provides children with the same range of physical benefits.
Dr Keon West’s research, from the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, describes in detail how nudity benefits children. I’ve also described those benefits in more detail in some of my books and blog posts, like 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Nudism You Didn’t Know About, here, however, a simple reminder of those benefits for kids.
Improved Body Acceptance & Self-Esteem
Nudism teaches kids to appreciate the human body and accept variations in shapes and sizes. Not being ashamed of nudity promotes positive self-esteem from early on. Children raised as nudists are less likely to struggle with poor body image and eating disorders.
Comfort & Practicality
Nudity is often more comfortable, especially in warm weather. Not having to wear restrictive clothing improves freedom of movement. Kids raised as nudists make practical decisions about when to be clothed based on comfort and appropriateness, not arbitrary social rules.
Improved Hygiene & Skin Health
The lack of clothing reduces areas for dirt, bacteria, and sweat to accumulate. Fresh air and sunlight on the skin offer health benefits as well. Studies show improved immune system function for nudists.
Better Sleep Quality
Sleeping nude helps regulate body temperature for more restful sleep. Without nightclothes, children are less likely to get tangled in sheets and are more comfortable.
The Psychological Benefits of Nudism for Children
In additional to physical perks, nudism also offers many psychological benefits. This is maybe in that part that children benefit the most for being naturists. Humankind natural evolution has made our bodies to be naked. Young children always display an attraction for nudity. Guiding him or her on the path of social nudity within the constraints or our modern society helps tremendously his or her psyche to develop harmoniously. Here are a few psychological benefits of nudism for kids.
Family Bonding & Openness
When everyone is nude together, barriers break down. Nudist families often have closer connections and engage in more open communication. Without clothing, appearances and status melt away.
Reduced Shame & Guilt
Children raised as nudists develop a healthy attitude toward the human body. They feel free of embarrassment and less prone to unwanted shame or guilt.
The acceptance and non-judgement inherent in nudism allows children to gain confidence. They learn to make health choices based on their own needs and comfort levels.
Body Acceptance of Others
Seeing a wider range of normal human bodies helps children have greater acceptance of various shapes and sizes. Bullying and judgements about appearance are reduced.
Overcoming Challenges in Raising Nudist Children
While highly beneficial, raising kids as nudists also comes with unique challenges. Our society frowns upon nudity as it associates nudity to sexuality. Naturist parents are often seen as crazy and potential sexual predators. Many criticisms come from people who never experienced naturism in a naturist setting and cannot understand what naturism is really.
I want to emphasize the fact that naturism is totally natural and healthy. Naturists make a perfect difference between social nudity and sexual behaviours. As naturist parents, we need to stand strong and keep explaining that naturism is great for families. The article from Mark Storey, Children, Nudity and Academic Research, provides some serious scientific backgrounds to explain the numerous benefits of naturism and biases we may have to fight. As a parent, here are some effective strategies for handling potential questions and challenges with naturism as families.
Establish Proper Contexts for Nudity
Explain to your kids that nudity is okay in appropriate private spaces like your home or nudist venues, but not always welcomed in public settings. Work with your child on when and where it is suitable to be nude.
Discuss Perceptions of Nudity in Society
Have open conversations about how nudity is viewed. Explain that not everyone understands naturism. Prepare kids for potential negative reactions from some. Stress the need for proper conduct around others. Naturism will teach them respect, explain they also have to display respect even towards people who don’t respect their naturist point of view.
Teach Consent & Boundaries
First and foremost, lead by example. Model asking permission before being nude around others, even family members. Explain that while nudity itself is natural, people have different comfort levels about being nude or seeing others nude. Help children practise asking politely, “May I be nude?” or “Is it okay if I take my swimsuit off here?” Then respect whatever answer they receive.
Have open conversations about nudity being normal and natural, while making clear that no one should ever be forced or pressured to be nude. Give children language to set their own boundaries by saying things like, “Please don’t take off my towel/swimsuit. I’m not comfortable being nude right now.”
Use role-playing to act out scenarios where consent and boundaries are explored. For example, have one child asks, “Can I take my clothes off to swim?” Practise responding, “I’d prefer if we all kept our swimsuits on here since not everyone is comfortable with nudity.” Discuss why this is an appropriate response.
Reinforce that our bodies are nothing to be ashamed of, while underscoring that nudity around others is a personal choice based on respect, context and consent. As children learn these important principles, they will become compassionate naturists who make others feel safe and comfortable as well.
Closely supervise young nudists in mixed company. Gently guide them on when nudity is unwelcome. Provide towels or clothing as needed if discomfort arises. At teenager time, when body changes, don’t force nudity and respect their desire to be clothed if it happens. A lot of teenagers become uncomfortable with nudity. Respect their feeling while continuing to explain that nudity is a normal thing and that they may come back to it.
Respond to Teasing or Bullying
If your child is ridiculed, calmly address it right away. Explain the situation to authority figures and ask for help in ending the hurtful behaviour. Never allow naturism to be the source of bullying and stand strong if others criticize your naturist lifestyle. Of course, as we will see, you should respect other perspectives. You should, however, not accept that others don’t respect your personal choices, including naturism which is a perfectly normal and healthy lifestyle.
Welcome Other Perspectives
When explaining your naturist beliefs, acknowledge upfront that not everyone feels the same way. Convey that naturism is a personal choice and highlight how people have different levels of comfort with nudity.
Make it clear that while you believe nudity is natural, no one should ever be pressured to be nude against their will. Discuss how forcing others to be naked when they don’t want to be is unethical and wrong.
Role play scenarios where children must consider a clothed friend’s boundaries. For example, “How would you handle it if you wanted to swim nude but your friend didn’t?” Use these as teaching moments about consent.
Remind children that real friends never make demands of others’ bodies. Nudity is a personal choice and we can hold different beliefs while still being respectful.
Keep an open, judgement-free dialogue, so children know they can always discuss peer conflicts about nudity. Foster empathy by having them imagine how they would feel if the roles were reversed. By teaching kids to appreciate diverse viewpoints around nudity, they will grow into compassionate, ethical naturists who make people of all beliefs and comfort levels feel respected.
Set a Good Example
As naturist parents, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is leading by example when it comes to kind, ethical conduct. I always try to model the polite communication and tolerance for others that I hope to pass on.
For instance, if someone innocently asks about my naturist lifestyle, I share openly without judgement. I explain the philosophy behind it – the body acceptance, the freedom, the way it brings our family closer. Even if met with hostility, I respond with compassion. Becoming defensive or lashing out only reinforces prejudice, I remind my kids.
And when we see others scolded for their nudity, we avoid shaming back. As difficult as it can be in those moments, we turn the other cheek and kill the critics with kindness, setting an example in taking the high road. I stress having empathy, not attacking.
In all these small ways, I try to model the patience, understanding and grace I hope to see from children when they inevitably navigate similar situations. Our conduct speaks volumes – if we react to hostility with hostility, no one’s mind will be changed. But if we overcome anger with compassion, we have a real chance at opening hearts and minds.
Naturist Etiquette & Hygiene Habits for Kids
In addition to guidance on dealing with others, instil positive hygiene and etiquette habits in your budding young nudists. Nudism helps in having those awkward conversation, as nudists don’t have anything to hide.
Sit on Towels
Have children sit on towels when nude to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in public places. Teach them to dress or cover up without complaint if towels are unavailable. Instil habits like thorough showers before nudist outings, not touching others excessively when nude, and regularly washing towels/sheets used for sitting on.
Limit personal display of affection
Affection like hugs or hand-holding is fine, but remind kids that romantic kissing and excessive display of affection are inappropriate when nude in public. The rule is to behave nude as we would behave clothed. It’s as simple as that.
Establish Proper Storage for Clothing
One of the simple joys of parenting is seeing the glee on little ones’ faces when they get to run around naked. The freedom and silliness seem to delight young children to no end.
Of course, with all that fun naturally comes the need to put clothes somewhere clean and tidy while nude. I take those moments to explain to my kids the importance of folding or hanging up garments neatly to keep them sanitary for getting dressed again.
I show them how we have designated baskets or hooks for stowing clothes during nude time. I stress that while being naked is fun and comfortable, we still have a responsibility to care for our belongings.
As parents, we want our children to appreciate freedom while also nurturing personal responsibility. Teaching kids to neatly put away their clothes before playtime nakedness helps them learn that joy and duty can go hand-in-hand.
It’s one of those small lessons that helps young minds connect how even little actions like folding a shirt demonstrate care and maturity. And it just might keep them from throwing clothes haphazardly around the house later in life!
The Joy of Raising Nudist Children
Parenting kids to embrace the naturist lifestyle does come with challenges, but the abundant rewards make the effort well worthwhile. With the right balance of guidance, communication and role modelling, your children can thrive as young nudists.
The innocent pleasure and joy children take in nudity is a delight to behold. Watching your kids’ confidence blossom as they grow up unhindered by body-shaming is truly a gift. You’ll forge profound new bonds with your offspring as you explore the liberating world of naturism together.
Yes, raising nudist children takes work and commitment. But the chance to pass on lifestyle benefits you value makes parenting even more meaningful. By conveying your naturist beliefs with wisdom, compassion and care, your children will gain key skills to navigate their relationship with nudity with intelligence and grace.
If you want to learn more about nudism and children, here’s a set of documents that will provide more information (Thanks to R&R from ANW)
- The Naked truth – Research finds Naturism makes us happier – Dr Keon West
- How nudity benefits children – Dr Keon West
- Children, Nudity and Academic Research – Mark Storey
- Children deserve better – British Naturism
- The Naturist Living Show Podcast: Children and Naturism part 1
- The Naturist Living Show Podcast: Children and Naturism part 2 (You Tube)
- UK Parliament – Body Image Survey 2020
- The environmental impact of clothing and the clothing industry – ANW.
A final word! In the end, naturism has so much to offer families. The bonds it can build, the confidence and self-acceptance it fosters, the joy it brings – these are gifts that can last a lifetime. I hope that by thoughtfully modelling ethical naked living, we can inspire the next generation to see the human body and this lifestyle with openness, respect and delight. To all parents considering naturism, I urge you to give it a try. The positive impact it can have on your kids and your family is immense.
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