Naked Time! Why Do Kids Love It?
Like it, or don‘t. Call it what you want: nudie, birthday suit, bare, un-clothed, in the buff… however you say it, it’s factual- we were all born naked! So naturally, it makes sense why our little ones prefer to run around sans clothing. If you’re a parent of naked-loving children, and kind of want to know why in the world they dislike clothes so much, Mental Health professor for the University of Massachusetts, Sharon Lamb, answered this question in a New York Times article. She says “For some kids, getting dressed gets associated with something they don’t want to do, like eating their veggies.” She goes on to explain that kids will find that running around naked is just more comfortable than clothes. Usually, by the time children reach three and four years of age, they figure out the difference between public and private and start to develop a sense of modesty, according to their situations.
A nice thing to know is that at two to four years of age, kids don’t care what they look like – they have no shame in being naked. Then, when they reach about five or six years of age, they start to feel shame (the good kind of shame that keeps one from being in awkward situations). So maybe, if a five or six year old is still running around naked, it’s because he or she is trying to gain a little control over something, or just simply unsure of when and where, or who, it’s appropriate to be naked in front of. Perhaps, it’s just because they think it’s hilarious.