Nudist Experience - Younger Nudists
Is Growing Up Nudist Healthy?
MANY THINK THE ANSWER IS YES.
I grew up in a family where nudity just wasn't an option. We weren't what you would consider conservative in other ways - my parents drank; we didn't go to church - but bodily functions and nudity just didn't exist as a topic or feature in my family life.
My mother didn't prepare me for menstruation until the deed was on, if you can imagine. I recall that being a very bad day at school, even though my friends had clued me in to what was coming. I of course received more instruction from them on everything related to sex and womanhood.
My first experience with communal nudity was a bust. At fourteen I saw my first erection ever. It was utterly not what I had imagined it would be, even though I knew well enough what to expect. I couldn't think of allowing such a thing into my body.
Of course, my hormones did their job and eventually I was eager to enjoy what my male suitors were most willing to offer. But I could really have done without the shock and awe of those first experiences, along with the shame I felt letting myself be exposed after years of being told to cover everything up.
That was then. After I married my husband and I experimented with nudism on a trip to Europe. At first I was shocked to see children on the nudist beaches, young girls acting like kids do everywhere, except they were all naked. The teens flirted. I could see the trouble some had controlling themselves. What I didn't notice was older men leering at the young women. In fact, they appear rather blasé (it's different on American nude beaches).
My husband and I decided we would have an open atmosphere with our children when they came along, which they soon did. Fortunately my husband, a military contractor, got us stationed in Europe when our children were just entering their teens, and we took them to the family nudist beaches and campgrounds on vacation. They had no trouble adapting. Even now that they're all much older, nudity between us isn't an issue, not that we hang out nude or anything. The main thing for me is, their transitions into adulthood wasn't fraught with emotional issues. They made healthy decisions throughout.
These images of the young growing up with nudism as part of their lives, rather than being puerile, evoke innocence and purity, and a lack of shame in nudity. If we want to address the whole "being" as parental guardians, we can't ignore the nude self. It's part of who we are. Growing Up Nudist