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Title: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Danee on December 13, 2013, 04:20:26 am
Imagine two young boys.  One has visited a nudist club many times with his family, the other may have only rarely seen a parent unclothed, and they may have seemed embarrassed when that happened.

The non-nudist boy says to his friend, "Look what I've found!" as he shows the nudist kid a copy of Playboy or some similar magazine, which he found somewhere.

As they look at the pictures of scantily clothed, erotically posed women, the boy who has seen hundreds of people of all ages and body types, will probably think,  "I've seen lots of naked people before.  Why does he want to sneak looks at this?"  He might also think, "This isn't even what most people look like."

Growing up without shame


(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iMqvxvjA-Dk/US33-30G3DI/AAAAAAAAAFQ/2VmcjN2MT2o/s400/a12.jpg)

Puberty can be a very difficult time for adolescents;  their bodies are growing rapidly, their genitals are changing, body hair is developing.  Some kids feel clumsy.  Many are embarrassed by the changes that are taking place.  They can become VERY body-conscious.  At that time, a wise parent will try to keep lines of honest communication open but still give them privacy and time to be alone in their room or with their friends.  Most adolescents would rather be ANYWHERE except where their parents are.

All these things happen to nudist kids, tooThe one big difference for kids who were lucky enough to grow up in a nudist environment is that those kids have literally seen those changes take place, as their older friends and/or siblings went through that difficult time.  Because of that experience, they are better prepared for it themselves.

Safety

We read in the papers almost daily of some teacher, youth leader, church official or some other trusted individual who took advantage of a child in a sexual way.  With hundreds of nudist clubs in North America, that problem almost never takes place at our facilities.

A family which is open enough to have experienced nudism, just like a healthy non-nudist family, is also open enough to have discussed sex abuse with their children.  These children know that they can tell their parents immediately if they ever suspect that something is wrong.
We have been told by authorities that the reason nudist clubs have a very low incidence of sex offenders is that we have the reputation of prosecuting those individuals, while until recent years, many other organizations have "swept those problems under a rug", more concerned with their public image than with the safety of the people they should have been protecting.

Historically, sex abusers have felt much safer committing their misdeeds within organizations which have tried to cover up their problems with molesters.

You may find it encouraging to know that Bare Buns, and many other nudist clubs, have a very good relationship with law enforcement agencies.  Some of their officers are members of our club.  You can be certain that if we were doing anything illegal or immoral, they wouldn't join.  Instead, they would very quickly close us down!

Another fact to ponder:  Almost all sex offenders are males.  At a nudist club, it would be very easy to tell if a man were to become sexually excited.

Some other interesting facts


(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KKlEG4Bxjgk/US33xt6BicI/AAAAAAAAAFE/zNQeu-qqWi4/s400/a10.jpg)

Surveys show that overall, adults who were reared as nudists think of their childhoods as having been stable.  They also find that nudists tend to be very slightly better educated than their non-nudist peers.

We don't present this information in an attempt to try to make ourselves appear to be "better" than our non-nudist friends;  instead, this information could explain some other interesting observations about nudists' lives:

The divorce rate is lower among nudist families, and their children tend to make better grades than similar children in non-nudist families.  We don't think that this is BECAUSE the families are nudists;  it's more likely that the marriages are more stable AND their kids make good grades AND the families are nudists because the family members  tend to communicate a little more openly with each other in their daily lives.
Learning to accept and respect all bodies

In spite of what Madison Avenue would have us think, human bodies really do come in all sizes, shapes, and conditions.  Few are "beautiful" using Hollywood's standards.  We think it's helpful for kids to learn this early on;  you may be aware that in those parts of the world where nudity is acceptable at places like the beach and public saunas, there is a much lower rate of eating disorders and suicides among youth.

In those cultures, where kids see all types and ages unclothed, they learn acceptance of the maturing and aging processes;  they don't think they have to have face lifts, boob jobs and collagen injections to become socially acceptable;  they don't grow up thinking "You are what you wear".

They've probably never had a case of a kid being killed for his tennis shoes or his Eddie Bauer jacket!

We think that when Americans learn to accept the body as natural and wholesome, many of our social problems which stem from body acceptance will decline.


From: http://nudistsociety.blogspot.mx/2013/01/is-this-ok-for-our-kids.html (http://nudistsociety.blogspot.mx/2013/01/is-this-ok-for-our-kids.html)

Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: NatureForever on December 13, 2013, 04:23:36 am
Kids are nudists until you teach them otherwise. That's nature. Why wouldn't it be okay?
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: closetnudist on December 13, 2013, 04:42:58 am
I like the last paragraph. That's the reason I'll gonna teach body positivity to my future children.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: mars1692 on December 24, 2013, 12:36:38 am
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That's why if I ever have kids, I will rise them as naturist.  I can also see why nudist/naturist are more open about stuff which also makes them closer and makes them have less problems than non nudist families.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Rockingnature on December 24, 2013, 03:17:06 am
Well this is the reason why I wanna raise a nudist family of my own. I think by having a positive body image and raising kids with this philosophy, that we're not only creating a new positive outlook on our bodies, but we're also making society better, by having less issues within ourselves. I'm more than willing to raise my own kids as naturists... I just have to find a suitable female partner willing to give it a chance, but I'm asking a bit too much I guess since it is more unlikely to find a true naturist woman with the same ideals.... Ummm, anyone wanna marry me and have my naturist children? lol, j/k.  :tongue:  :azn:
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Fool on December 24, 2013, 03:21:57 am
   If I ever have children, there's no question that i'm raising them naturally.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Naturalguy87 on December 24, 2013, 05:59:46 pm
Very good article, Danee.  Now if only we could get mainstream society to see it that way.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: INnudeguy on December 25, 2013, 12:22:55 am
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That's why if I ever have kids, I will rise them as naturist.  I can also see why nudist/naturist are more open about stuff which also makes them closer and makes them have less problems than non nudist families.

This....... :e2w
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: skinnydipper2 on January 28, 2014, 08:07:05 pm
I read that book, "The Naked Child Growing up without Shame" by Dennis Smith and Dr. W. Sparks.  It's a great read for those like me who haven't grown up in a free household.  I have always been jealous of kids who grew up as such. 
All I have to say about raising kids in their natural state is you better find a partner who wants the same lifestyle as you.  I've talked to way too many people that got into relationships where the other person doesn't want the naturist lifestyle.  In society today, that person is going to be the one with "law" on their side. 
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: closetnudist on January 29, 2014, 04:26:17 am
off topic: I think the 2 picture are owned by the fat brunette lady because she is present on both pics (I'm looking at her necklace which looks similar on 2 pics). I think she also has another pic where in she is with her son (holding a crab) and daughter. I want to hear her story and how she raised her children..
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: bobobear3b on February 02, 2014, 09:23:15 am
I feel like people don't want to raise their kids around nudity as a body issue they themselves have not only because if people that wouldn't understand n accept naturism would call them perverts. They could also have very strong uptight religious beliefs that prevent them from it. If more people in the world just started burning all their clothes n just went birthday suit 24/7 then people would finally accept that nudity is not just a sexually intimate thing between couples but also a part of being free...truly free of all the restrictions of who is better dressed n who looks hotter in a gucci (goo-chee) skirt or a south pole shirt or american eagle underwear....i feel like naturism would bring a more Utopian society in all countries n bring less war n conflict. but thats my opinion.  :322  :422  :45
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: ithildin on February 02, 2014, 11:07:38 am
Thank you for that article!
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: BobbyStang on February 02, 2014, 01:58:13 pm
That's a really good article.
My family is pretty normal, and love each other a lot.

Most of my friends have divorced parents, and a bunch of people I know have
Problems dealing with being naked cuz they are ashamed.

I am glad my family are nudist!
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Lemonfresh on April 01, 2014, 06:58:40 pm
Kids are nudists until you teach them otherwise. That's nature. Why wouldn't it be okay?

Fully agree to this statement.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Riley_Gautier on April 03, 2014, 07:54:07 pm
Id like to think that Chris would agree with me but when our baby is born and grows up I'd like them to think nudism is a beautiful thing and isn't 'wrong' they will no doubt see me and/or Chris naked and if they want to be naked around the home then that's acceptable :) I can't wait to be able toothache these things to our children
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Delta on April 03, 2014, 09:10:45 pm
What does toothache have to do with that?
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Stephen on April 03, 2014, 09:13:58 pm
What does toothache have to do with that?

I believe that is auto-correct at work here... should probabaly read "to teach"
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Riley_Gautier on April 03, 2014, 10:00:55 pm
What does toothache have to do with that?

I believe that is auto-correct at work here... should probabaly read "to teach"
Yep thank you. I did mean teach and I got caught by auto correct. I do apologise :P
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Historybuff83 on April 03, 2014, 10:20:11 pm
Trust me, the toothaches will come later  :tongue:
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Riley_Gautier on April 03, 2014, 10:22:27 pm
Trust me, the toothaches will come later  :tongue:
:345678
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: JoshVi on April 04, 2014, 01:20:18 am
Well i think is healthy to grow on nudism, the kids are very curious, and when you explain them the life on the easy way (nudism), i think all they will grow as awesome human beings...
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Delfin on November 18, 2014, 03:50:48 pm
I recognized, that children have a very uncomplicated relation to nudity. If they are in a safe area and among people who look after them and who are respectful, then being naked will not become any problem for them.

Even I would say, that if they are familiar with regular nudity, the probability that they won't be ashamed of their physical changes during puberty is bigger.
I have seen several adolescents - who were obviously in puberty - being naked in sauna or at naturist places i visited. They could see, that their body isn't something to be ashamed of. Indifferent in which stage of development.

But because of that I think it's important, that the atmosphere of places to be naked is safe enough for them. (I wouldn't go to unsafe or dubious places myself.)
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: goosy87 on November 18, 2014, 04:37:35 pm
When i could asked my 1,5 years what he will prefer to wear on a 35°C hot beach.....
naked or hot fulll of sweat pampers?
You can imagine what he will say to me :345678


and we tried in croatia and he really enjoyed
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Phillip Booysen on November 21, 2015, 05:03:04 pm
Thanks for this post
It makes sence to live a life as a nudist
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: JT on January 06, 2016, 10:03:25 pm
That entire article, I just read it now.  It's so true.  The few people, and not in my family, that are nudists, have a really close family, the kids are really cool, there smart, parents went to college, got great jobs, have a nice house, go on nice vacations, they all are really open with each other about pretty much everything. I'm thinking of one family in particular, they have 3 boys about my age.

Then I lol at my family, and my experiences, and we're on the exact opposite side of stuff almost exactly how it was written in this post. Wish my parents parents coulda gone back in time to make a difference in my life now.
I'll make a difference in my kids life like this, when I can, I can really see how this makes a huge difference in life
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: teennudist12345 on June 27, 2016, 11:50:21 am
Thank you for the article.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Hunterj on July 07, 2016, 08:02:26 am
I grew up in a extended nudist family. I went through all the affects of puberty. But my family were open and honest. I never felt awkward or needing to shy away from it, I still enjoyed being nude.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: boris on July 07, 2016, 08:43:15 am
I never felt awkward or needing to shy away from it
that's why i think it is necessary to show the kids that being nude is just natural.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: zootman on September 30, 2016, 09:42:42 pm
raised nude as well and i think it is very natural for kids, and it helps growing up with less fears and complexes
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: cjpilotboy on September 30, 2016, 10:41:40 pm
PSA:
Be careful with this site, there was a virus on the server when I started to look around on it. Im protected with my pc, but just be careful on it.
Title:
Post by: Dude111 on October 01, 2016, 07:20:16 am
Quote from: boris
that's why i think it is necessary to show the kids that being nude is just natural.

Excatly,I dont think there is anything wrong with innocent nudity!! (Casual nudity)
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: NudieDaniel on October 05, 2016, 11:54:44 pm
PSA:
Be careful with this site, there was a virus on the server when I started to look around on it. Im protected with my pc, but just be careful on it.

It seems happen a lot with blogspot blogs usually the theme or a widget has malicious code in it that the blogger doesn't know about usually so they need to remove it. Tend to find it a lot with inactive blogs     
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Rockingnature on October 08, 2016, 12:00:26 am
Without a doubt it is good for them and for the whole family.  My children were raised as Nudists in a nude household.  They are the better for it...with zero body shame or hangups and a appreciation of the body God has blessed them with.

 :like Amen!
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: SOPHIEW on October 08, 2016, 12:41:06 am
I'm the eldest I'm my family with a younger brother and sister so I was kinda the first one to grow up as a nudist in my family apart from my mum.

In hindsight it was/is a brilliant way to grow up and has definitely made me a better person for it! I think it's made us closer as a family compared to my friends with the freedom to literally talk about anything without being embarrassed..

Obviously we have our moments going through puberty when it becomes an issue but then being a nudist is even more important.

Any questions let me know Xx
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Disisda1 on October 08, 2016, 01:22:21 am
Our kids are perfectly fine with nudity at home.  Whether they choose to participate or not is their choice and my wife and I respect that.  But I can honestly say they do have a realistic view of the human body.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: annbirgit on October 08, 2016, 07:47:35 am
I didnt understand all (cause of my bad English) but I liked what I read Danae. Showed it to my parents they fully agreed
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: steve tanner on October 30, 2016, 02:05:50 pm
I was always embarassed of my body, and just how i looked in general, when I was growing up, especially as a young teenage boy. Kinda funny that even with that, I wished inside my own thoughts even then that I could just be totally naked and everyone see everything about me and my body naked, because I felt like it would make things feel like it was no big deal, and my own internal self-consciousness about my body and how i look would turn into nothing. (I was always kinda thin, that's really the only thing I can think of, looking back, that I felt embarassed about my body.. but it was kinda extreme at times, and caused me quite a bit of anxiety worrying about it). So if I had grown up naked, been able to go right into and through puberty totally naked and seen for who I really am under these clothes, I always wondered, even back then, if that wouldn't have fixed all the self-consciousness I felt as that young teenage boy.  Now that I'm grown up and past those days, I wish I would have grown up in a culture where it was totally normal, even expected, for anyone to just be naked any time they want. Being nude really is about the most natural thing there could be, and it's a shame societies have come to think we should be covered up. It caused all kinds of shame that should never exist! But that's just another reason I'm glad sites like this one exists, people who "get it", and here I am now, and feeling awesome just showing myself totally naked and natural! :) That brings another thought.. I've seen posts about making comments about people's body. I agree somewhat, but also feel like we shouldn't even need to feel bad about commenting about that with each other! I mean, like with me, there I am! You see everything! Undeniable. And people comment people's CLOTHES all the time, how "that looks nice on you", and comments like that. Well why not compliment something far more meaningful if you want to, someone's actual body!!?? That means so much more! And if you don't like something about them, well just don't say anything! Just like anything else in life! Ok just my 2 cents worth :P Thanks to everyone on this site for making it the awesome place it is! I hope to learn a lot, and I hope I get to be involved, in time, in real actual naked things with other people! Happy nude'ing, everyong! :)
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: cp on October 30, 2016, 05:47:47 pm
Kids are nudists until you teach them otherwise. That's nature. Why wouldn't it be okay?

Fully agree to this statement.
couldn't agree more, well said
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: gbanude on April 22, 2017, 08:10:21 pm
Steve, your point is well made.  Why can't we just live and be naked?  Why must we as a people be shamed to cover up at home or in public?  The world would be so much more peaceful if people could just be themselves and live as they were created.  There is so much prejudice and misunderstanding in this world.  That is why education is the key.  Get out there and make a difference by discussing this with everyone you meet.  I'm preaching to the choir here...but the choir now has to go out and sing the praises and benefits of Nudism to the world.
People should be as nude as they wish to be in the privacy of their own homes. We are still talking about American freedom, right? Things have not changed since this Oct. post, have they?  :tongue:
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Mettis on August 10, 2017, 07:33:45 pm
I am pleased that I was raised in a naked tolerant family, and we are a very very relaxed family, we do not seem to get angry or fall out in any significant way. The benefits of a naked lifestyle are very well documented but whenever I read a positive article it resonates with me and my family. This site is so affirming for me.

Positive answer !  :like
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: annbirgit on August 22, 2017, 08:25:29 am
I grew up in a extended nudist family. I went through all the affects of puberty. But my family were open and honest. I never felt awkward or needing to shy away from it, I still enjoyed being nude.

Yeah.. exactly same with me and my Family... so lucky about that
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Vensku on September 03, 2017, 09:36:30 am
Nudity is natural for children, but parents can poison their minds.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: SnowIOM on September 03, 2017, 09:49:41 am
I am the eldest of my lot and theres five of us I am the oldest. Whole family has always been nude when its practical sept when we have people visit or its to cold. I don’t think it has done us any harm.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: sargam on September 16, 2017, 08:17:31 pm
Imagine two young boys.  One has visited a nudist club many times with his family, the other may have only rarely seen a parent unclothed, and they may have seemed embarrassed when that happened.

The non-nudist boy says to his friend, "Look what I've found!" as he shows the nudist kid a copy of Playboy or some similar magazine, which he found somewhere.

As they look at the pictures of scantily clothed, erotically posed women, the boy who has seen hundreds of people of all ages and body types, will probably think,  "I've seen lots of naked people before.  Why does he want to sneak looks at this?"  He might also think, "This isn't even what most people look like."

Growing up without shame


(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iMqvxvjA-Dk/US33-30G3DI/AAAAAAAAAFQ/2VmcjN2MT2o/s400/a12.jpg)

Puberty can be a very difficult time for adolescents;  their bodies are growing rapidly, their genitals are changing, body hair is developing.  Some kids feel clumsy.  Many are embarrassed by the changes that are taking place.  They can become VERY body-conscious.  At that time, a wise parent will try to keep lines of honest communication open but still give them privacy and time to be alone in their room or with their friends.  Most adolescents would rather be ANYWHERE except where their parents are.

All these things happen to nudist kids, tooThe one big difference for kids who were lucky enough to grow up in a nudist environment is that those kids have literally seen those changes take place, as their older friends and/or siblings went through that difficult time.  Because of that experience, they are better prepared for it themselves.

Safety

We read in the papers almost daily of some teacher, youth leader, church official or some other trusted individual who took advantage of a child in a sexual way.  With hundreds of nudist clubs in North America, that problem almost never takes place at our facilities.

A family which is open enough to have experienced nudism, just like a healthy non-nudist family, is also open enough to have discussed sex abuse with their children.  These children know that they can tell their parents immediately if they ever suspect that something is wrong.
We have been told by authorities that the reason nudist clubs have a very low incidence of sex offenders is that we have the reputation of prosecuting those individuals, while until recent years, many other organizations have "swept those problems under a rug", more concerned with their public image than with the safety of the people they should have been protecting.

Historically, sex abusers have felt much safer committing their misdeeds within organizations which have tried to cover up their problems with molesters.

You may find it encouraging to know that Bare Buns, and many other nudist clubs, have a very good relationship with law enforcement agencies.  Some of their officers are members of our club.  You can be certain that if we were doing anything illegal or immoral, they wouldn't join.  Instead, they would very quickly close us down!

Another fact to ponder:  Almost all sex offenders are males.  At a nudist club, it would be very easy to tell if a man were to become sexually excited.

Some other interesting facts


(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KKlEG4Bxjgk/US33xt6BicI/AAAAAAAAAFE/zNQeu-qqWi4/s400/a10.jpg)

Surveys show that overall, adults who were reared as nudists think of their childhoods as having been stable.  They also find that nudists tend to be very slightly better educated than their non-nudist peers.

We don't present this information in an attempt to try to make ourselves appear to be "better" than our non-nudist friends;  instead, this information could explain some other interesting observations about nudists' lives:

The divorce rate is lower among nudist families, and their children tend to make better grades than similar children in non-nudist families.  We don't think that this is BECAUSE the families are nudists;  it's more likely that the marriages are more stable AND their kids make good grades AND the families are nudists because the family members  tend to communicate a little more openly with each other in their daily lives.
Learning to accept and respect all bodies

In spite of what Madison Avenue would have us think, human bodies really do come in all sizes, shapes, and conditions.  Few are "beautiful" using Hollywood's standards.  We think it's helpful for kids to learn this early on;  you may be aware that in those parts of the world where nudity is acceptable at places like the beach and public saunas, there is a much lower rate of eating disorders and suicides among youth.

In those cultures, where kids see all types and ages unclothed, they learn acceptance of the maturing and aging processes;  they don't think they have to have face lifts, boob jobs and collagen injections to become socially acceptable;  they don't grow up thinking "You are what you wear".

They've probably never had a case of a kid being killed for his tennis shoes or his Eddie Bauer jacket!

We think that when Americans learn to accept the body as natural and wholesome, many of our social problems which stem from body acceptance will decline.


From: http://nudistsociety.blogspot.mx/2013/01/is-this-ok-for-our-kids.html (http://nudistsociety.blogspot.mx/2013/01/is-this-ok-for-our-kids.html)

First of all I wanna thank you for creating this thread and I truly believe in the fact that it is harmless to witness humans as they are intended to be.

I have told my son that if he ever sees me or any of my friends naked he should not be embarrassed to ask any questions if he needs to ask.

Also I have told him that clothes are just to protect people from weather conditions and climate.
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: annbirgit on September 21, 2017, 11:26:15 am
Whem Kids are raised in  a nudist family it doesn't need no "sexual education" with horrifying plastic fake body and weird looking genitals - this is so sick! Hope I will do my best when I am old enough. Look at the photos here on this site shoeing naked kids and theier parents that's what is the best education and always will be
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: kobe.malta on September 21, 2017, 05:16:31 pm
I definately agree with this article. The benefits of being body-positive and of naturism are huge even for children.

 It's just not always easy to raise kids in these conditions. What if a friends of theirs  asks about it? What if people get suspicious of abuse from your end?
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: Ivan 01 on October 11, 2017, 01:13:21 am
Nudity is natural for children, but parents can poison their minds.

Great words!
Title: Re: Is Nudism OK for our kids?
Post by: BellaKnight on November 07, 2017, 09:51:18 pm
Great read! I loved been naked as a kid but was quiet private about it.