When my kids were younger I heard lots of moms say that you’d know when it was no longer appropriate to be showering with your kids, especially your boys, or of letting your boys see you (meaning moms) nude. I grew up in what would be considered a rather nudist 70s household, typical of the era in certain parts of Southern California, so I’m afraid my perspective is completely skewed. My parents clearly never got the memo–there was lots of nude (or at least topless) sunbathing and my parents considered clothing around the house in the summertime to be something of an imposition. And, while my husband and I are far more conventional than my parents were, I guess I share the same attitude as my parents did on the subject. My boys are 9 and 6 and we have never made an issue of our own nudity around them. In turn it is a non-issue in our household as far as I can tell. We all share a bathroom, which makes privacy impossible, and get in and of the shower without giving it much thought. Nudity in front of them is a matter of convenience in the morning when we are all getting dressed. I’ve always felt that if you sexualize nudity by drawing attention to it, then it becomes such. On a similar note, I’ve often questioned the way certain mothers won’t allow their toddler daughters to wear bikinis for fear that they are too revealing. I don’t have daughters so I don’t fully get it, but the question remains the same: doesn’t it become sexual the minute you give it that power? Come puberty, I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune. I’ve never felt that it was strange until I spoke to a mom who said that when her son was around 8, she could just tell it wasn’t okay anymore. I wonder where other mothers net out on the subject.