Family Nudism Issues
Nudism & Mixing Ages
IS IT OKAY FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNAL NUDITY?
Most Americans are shocked at the relative ease with which Europeans blend their beach holidays with communal nudity. In Eastern Europe nudist campgrounds are common (see related video selections), where young and old nudists mingle with safety and ease.
Is it a healthy practice? Most who have experienced it says yes, but the majority of Americans wouldn't be able to come to terms with the concept, let alone imagine group nudity themselves. In front of their children? Never!
And wisely so in some communities. It takes a generally enlightened view to accept and equate nudity with optimizing our enjoyment of nature. If one views nudity unequivocally with sex, they should exclude themselves from nudist environments, particularly where young people congregate.
Don't assume U.S. nudist resorts are
necessarily safe for children...
While the coasts are generally noted for their higher tolerances of "nude behaviors," the Midwest has a surprising number of family related nudist resorts and events. These are seldom "naturalistic," as they involve gated communities, secrecy and often, nearly certainly, are not warrens of health and probity, though exceptions do occur. Take the kids? In this country it's impossible to gave a blanket recommendation.
Best bet? If you and your family enjoy mixing nudity with nature, it's perfectly natural and healthy to do so. The younger the better for adaptation. It would be difficult to expect a teen daughter to suddenly embrace a new ideology involving nudity. Unfortunately, if not raised with a liberal view towards nudity, it's not likely to arrive after the onset of puberty. However, exposure to nudism via a family trip to European beaches could change even the most ardent textile only advocate. "Cool" is often determined by whims of the moment.
Can blended families practice
Should blended families (involving step children) consider family nudism? It really depends on the ages of the children. Generally, once adapted to blended family circumstances, if mom and dad hot tub naked, the kids might want to as well. This happened in my own family when the children were quite young (mixed ages and genders).
Nudism helps teens cope with their
changing bodies and experiences
And I'm happy it did. Not only does the experience increase bonding, it helps children cope with their varying body shapes and styles. All our children, now in their late teens, have healthy attitudes towards their bodies and the opposite sex, have not suffered from sexual mischief or promiscuity, and still enjoy skinny dipping with the family. Now, that's unusual in this country, but it does happen! Melissa B