The Naked Mommy
First of all, I would like to thank all of you who gave such positive and encouraging feedback on my first blog post, "My Nudist Story". It felt wonderful to write it and then to see all the wonderful responses to it. It just validates everything I have felt up to this point regarding how nudism has affected me.
The first part of this post might be a bit repetitive. I apologize for that, but I feel I must reiterate why we have decided to raise our children nude. It all goes back to self-esteem and having confidence in who you are, and not putting so much emphasis on what the world thinks about how you look. I never want my children to feel the way I did growing up. Ashamed of my body and thinking that no one would ever want to see me with no clothes on. They will always have a positive mental attitude towards their bodies and will not have to succumb to the overly sexualized images of the human body that they are bombarded with on a daily basis.
Living in the United States, we aren't exposed to the normal toplessness or nudity that you see in European media. Everything over here is censored and hidden, so kids grow up thinking that it's evil or nasty to see things that are just normal and natural, like nipples. It never fails, all my children's friends all act the same way when they see something they think they aren't supposed to. If, for instance, they see an exposed breast or just the shape of a man's genitals through some tight pants, they act like it's something they've never seen before and overact to the image. I can't tell you how proud I am of my kids that they don't get all giggly and embarrassed just because they saw a nipple or a penis.
All that being said, being a naked mommy is a wonderful experience. I'll admit, it was much easier when they were little. Since two of them have hit double digits in age, the stares, questions, and conversations have become quite a bit more interesting. To recap, I have three children, a 12 year old son, and two daughters, 10 and 6. As babies, they were a joy to take care of. I think as far as infants go, I was born to raise kids. The crying and messes created by children that young just don't stress me out. I think it goes back to the mentality of being a nudist. Once you come to terms with the fact that everything the human body does is just natural, you can't lose your temper and yell at a little one for making a mess. That's what they make diapers for anyway, right??
As they got older, we started to have conversations with them regarding their bodies, so they would feel comfortable coming to us with questions or concerns they had about themselves. Again, going back to my conservative, Catholic upbringing, it was extremely difficult to sit with my girls and talk to them about their vaginas. My husband was much more comfortable talking with my son than I was talking to my daughters. He's been a nudist since his early teens and has more experience with being around and talking to folks about the nude body.
I want to briefly talk about a subject that has come up(no pun intended) from time to time here and that is erections. Both my husband and my son have had numerous conversations regarding this subject, and this is our thinking on the matter. Erections are a natural bodily function. Men have no control of when and where an erection happens. Which is why I don't understand the etiquette in nudist resorts, which is to shame and hide the fact that men have normal reactions around other nude people. Now don't get me wrong. I don't believe it's OK to parade around and show off the fact you got a stiffy, but as a normal function I feel its nothing to be ashamed of. We are teaching the children that erections happen, both for daddy and for our son, and that they are nothing to be giggled at, pointed to, or made fun of. And as Forrest Gump would say, that's all I have to say about that.
Being a naked mommy is a rich and rewarding experience that changes from day to day. I've overcome some tough times and obstacles along the way and I know that it's only going to get more complicated and difficult, but that's life. I love my kids and I hope that I've instilled in them the values and confidence they need to be successful in life. And that's all a parent can ask for.
That's all for now. Stay happy and naked!!