Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re Aunty Gladys. How would you respond to this question from a reader?
Dear Aunty Gladys
Recently a friend of a friend of a long distance cousin who married a sister of mine invited other friends over for lunch and a swim. This friend of a friend has two boys. The other friend has girls.
After swimming the kids decided they wanted a quick bath to warm up and so the mom went off to get one ready.
Everyone was chatting and enjoying themselves and the squeals of kids in the bath was a clear indication no one had drowned. One person went through to check on them and they came back smiling, saying how cute all four of them looked. The mom of the girls went in to have a look, but returned, not so smiley.
Out the corner of my eye I saw her pull the mom of the two boys aside and ask why they were all in the bath together. Naked. She kinda did a hissy snarly thing when she said the word ‘naked’. “They all wanted to take their costumes off?”saidasked the now nervous boy-mom.
“Our girls aren’t allowed to be naked with other kids. And especially not boys. And definitely not naked and alone with them!” Again she kind of spat out the words ‘naked’, ‘alone’ and ‘boys’ if they were hurting her mouth.
They left soon after and the mom of the two boys came to ask me if I would have a problem with mydaughter bathing with boys(in the nude) at the age she is now. I wasn’t sure what to answer. I’m still unsure.
What are your thoughts Aunty Gladys?