After reading about the benefits of naked living, and realizing that this is the way God created us to live, parents often wonder how to make the transition to a clothing-free home. Here are some basic steps to follow.
- Teach your family about what God has done for them to have this privilege. God created our first parents naked and called it “very good”. After sin and the fall of mankind, humanity self-imposed shame for fear of being exposed and vulnerable. Jesus Christ, who the Bible calls the Second Adam, died on the cross and restored our relationship with God. Therefore, because of what He has done, we can be naked and unashamed again. Make sure they know this is something God likes.
- Begin by setting ground rules for your family. Sadly, there are predatory people in the world who prey on children. As a result, many children are rightly taught about private parts and what other people are allowed to see or not see. One adaptation that can be made is to designate the inside of your home as “private space”. Make it clear that inside the home, and only if mommy or daddy is there, is the space where they are free to be naked. That way they maintain a sense of security and privacy, but can also be free of shame-based clothing. If this is the rule for the kids, it must also be the rule for the parents. With this rule in place, make sure that inside the home is the only place you can all be naked.
- Make it a gradual transition. Rather than just showing up naked one morning, gradually wear less. Dad can do work inside the house without a shirt on. Mom can wear loose-fitting clothing without a bra, or even be topless while inside. If you are nursing, don’t be embarrassed to do so openly where you can be seen by the rest of the family. Eventually, it can progress to not dressing after drying off from bathtime or sleeping in the buff.
- Make nakedness a matter of normal life. Don’t even comment about how great it is to be home and naked. Just go about your daily business of life. Make it feel as normal and natural as possible. But again, reinforce that this is only for inside the private space of the home. And once the kids mature, nudity will not automatically be equated with sex, and they won’t have the urge to look at forbidden fruit online. You will have “porn-proofed” your kids.
In the end, you know your family best, so do what works for you. These are only suggestions and a place to begin the discussion.
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