60 answers

Showering with Dad

Hi-
I was wondering, what age is it no longer ok for a female child to shower with their father? I should add, I am the mother, we are divorcing and live in separate homes

1 mom found this helpful

What can I do next?

Featured Answers

Maybe 6 or so. If you don't make a big issue of it, I think it's fine until that age. So many of the women on here think men should never shower with their daughters or give them baths. What's wrong with you people? Fathers have close relationships with kids too and if it means helping with bath time, then so be it. It's bonding time. They can teach them how to clean themselves. It's a good thing. It's not like Dad will be washing her private parts when she's 6, but an occasional shower at that time is normal and as long as there is nothing inappropriate, then who cares!

1 mom found this helpful

I agree with everyone else, when you or the children start to feel uncomfortable. My husband will take a shower with his son who is seven, but he has always made both of them wear underwear when they are in the shower together. That is always an option...

1 mom found this helpful

Things are so differeint from how I grew up, but if you don't see a problem with it, then I'll say until they are toddlers.

More Answers

Our society is WAY too uptight. Don't get me wrong, I am not an exibitionist, but seriously....everyone has a body. Our society just seems to sexualize EVRYTHING. Breastfeeding is somehow inappropriate to some people. (Don't get me started.)

I have 2 sons and a daughter....they ALL shower with Daddy. It's like an assembly line for us. I use to shower with our first son and at some point, he didn't want to shower with me anymore...ok, so now he showers with Daddy and sometimes by himself - now that he'll be 6 this month. Son #2 prefers to shower with Daddy, but will shower with me and he's almost 2.5 years old. Our daughter is only 6 months old...so we'll see how that goes.

I remembering showering with my parents and I remember seeing my dad's genitals. It didn't scar me for life. They didn't make a big deal out of it, but what did hurt me was when I was 12, my dad didn't allow me to sit on his lap anymore on the couch. I didn't understand. It was about his comfort level and what other people might think, but I thoguht it was me - that there was something suddenly wrong with me. It was an abrupt decision that shocked me. Sounds strange, but as a child watching your younger brother still allowed on his lap was hurtful. Now that I'm an adult, I don't blame him.

No matter how you handle it, be comfortable with your decisions and I'm pretty sure the girls will let you know when they are done showering with dad.

7 moms found this helpful

HI D., Let me start by saying that I am the mother of 2 boys ages 7 and 5 and we all shower together. Sometimes Dad joins us or sometimes he is the one who showers with them then I do the toweling off, etc. It has always been a part of our normal family routine and there is NOTHING sexual about it. I know the time is coming that I will no longer be able to do this with my boys but I don't feel the time has come yet. So, in my opinion, if YOU or DAD feel that it is time to stop, then it is time to stop. (Hopefully you are at a place where you can talk about this together) But if this is a normal part of your family and there hasn't been any issue with it then I don't see the problem. In fact it could be more harmful to yank away a comfortable routine with dad right in the middle of all the other changes you probably have going on right now. Unless of course you suspect any wrong-doing going on, I think there is nothing wrong with this style of bonding with our children. I hope this doesn't become a BIG divorce issue and bring you girl in the middle. Good luck.

5 moms found this helpful

Good question! My DH and I and my best friend and her DH were wondering the same thing. Both Dads will shower with their kids. My DS is 3.5 and DD is 1.5. There kids are 5(DD), 3 (DS), and 4 months (DD). My friend and I were just talking about this the other day.

We figure that it's a good thing as long as no one is uncomfortable with it. So if one day DH gets uncomfortable with it, then he will stop. If one day DD gets weirded out by it, then it will stop. Until then I do think it's a very healthy and natural thing for both of my kids to see DH and myself naked. How else are they going to learn about the human body. And if we are teaching them to be ashamed or embarassed about their bodies by being ashamed of showing them ours, isn't that unhealthy toward their overall body image? We as their parents are their role models and I want my children to grow up being comfortable with who they are on the inside and on the outside.

Plus it's another good time for my kids to spend quality, bonding time with their Dad. My son totally loves taking showers with his Daddy. He compares his "peenie" with Daddy's, gets to shower in the Big Boy Shower, gets to use Daddy's Big Boy Shampoo, and they have fun making up silly songs and jokes.

My DD is still a little too young to have fun taking showers with Daddy. But when she does, she is laughing at her Daddy making funny faces at her.

More often though I am the one bathing with both kids at the same time. Is that wrong? I don't think so. All three of us enjoy it. We splash, we sing, my son asks why girls have different pee pees than girls, and we catch up on the day.

So I don't see anything sexual or gross or inappropriate about it. Now for those who think that way, maybe they have their own issues with their body or past experiences that they need to work through.

And honestly, if you don't trust your spouse to shower with your kids, you've got much bigger problems.

4 moms found this helpful

Hi there-

I would just like to offer a different perspective. As a toddler, my dad showered with me (I'm female) and my two brothers. We used to take turns and I remember my mom kinda making it fun. She would be waiting with a towel when we jumped out, and it was sorta play time. There was nothing sexual about it at all. It was clean family time- and just because a father showers with his kids doesn't mean that it will turn into something disastrous or inappropriate. I had a wonderful, loving relationship with my dad my whole life, and I never felt wierd for bathing with him. I believe this stopped before I started kindergarten. My mom says that her and my dad just knew the right time. So, like a previous suggestion, you should stop when you're feeling uncomfortable and trust your instincts.

As a parent, I think bathing with your child is a good way to teach them that there is nothing wrong with private parts and that everyone has them. If you are comfortable with your body, you will project this onto your children. Your children will see the difference between men and women in a natural way.

4 moms found this helpful

Hi D.!

Did you ever think that your question would get so many comments? So many different comments at that! Anyway, when my daughter was about 5 years old, we were at my in-laws house. My husband used to shower there on occasion. My daughter asked to shower with him because it was something she did at home. My husband and I NEVER, in our wildest dreams ever thought it was anything other than a shower. Well my mother-in-law had a cow! She went nuts when my husband told our it was okay! Again it took us both by such surprise as we had nothing to hide and thought everything was fine. Sadly, my husband abruptly stopped the showers because someone made it so shameful! I REALLY regret that happening that way. Nonetheless, our daughter showered with him for 5 years and she has grown up to be a beautiful young woman (now 21), independent spirit that is traveling throught Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and a host of many other countries. She adores her father in a healthy way.

In a non-accusatory way, I am wondering if the negative comments on this subject were made by women that have been victimized. Just curious about that. I guess they would have reason to suspect that nudity is a bad thing.

Simply put, I believe that when the child or father shows they want more privacy then it should be respected.

My .02 cents...

A.

4 moms found this helpful

You had to know that you would get the shocked "NEVER!" responses you were probably looking for when you asked this question. You are 35 years old. You must have formed your own opinion on this by now. I showered with my sons until they were about 7-8. Is there a double standard here? What is the difference? DO NOT make this an issue in your divorce unless you seriously feel that your children are being abused sexually. Do not dive into the pit of bitchy, trouble-making vindictiveness in which so many divorced women love to frolic. You will seriously damage your children if you do. Do not lose your personal integrity. Do not lay down ultimatums. The closer the bond between girls and their fathers, the better they do in life. Surely you do not wish to jeopardize the entire future of your daughter over an issue such as this.

3 moms found this helpful

You know i have 2 boys ages 8 and 9. Many moms would diagree with me but we still shower together. I have the opinion that my boys will let me know when they want to stop or if they dont like it. In the world the way it is I really beleive its in our best interest to keep them as young, innocent, and stressfree for as long as possible. They have their entire adult life to listen to society and be told whats right and whats wrong so for now I let them make those decisions int he hopes of bringing up 2 boys that do what their hearts say and not what the world is telling them.
Not sure if this helps, but I am curious to see what type of advice you get.
Take care and good luck
-A.

3 moms found this helpful

Hi, D.,

Different cultures feel different about nudity. In Japan, as well as other countries, whole families containing members of all ages bathe naked together. If you live in the U.S. and have the same cultural background as most people, then I suppose when the kids or the parents start feeling uncomfortable showing naked is the time to stop.

L. E

3 moms found this helpful

WOW!! people make a big deal out of nudity.
Showering, changing diapers, potty training all have nudity and are normal.. and there shouldn't be a timeline on any of them.
We are parents and we take care of our children let's not make them think "bodies are bad".

*be happy your child is clean and find something else to worry about... like divorce and how to make your daughter feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation...

2 moms found this helpful

We have always wondered that question too. I think your daughter will let you when its time. For us it was when my daughter said, "EEEWWWW! I don't want to shower with that thing!" You can guess what she was pointing at... :)

Love,
J.

2 moms found this helpful

Well, first off, you know that you will have no control over what dad will do in his home with the kids. That's life after divorce, right? Next, you should talk about what feels right between the two of you, and hope you're both on the same page. I personally feel that at about the age of 7 or so, children become more curious about man vs. woman, and I would stop it. I don't believe in the major covering up if the kids walk in, but I wouldn't promote it, either.

2 moms found this helpful

When the girls feel uncomfortable about it? Do they ask to shower with him or does he ask them to shower with him?
I think you do what works with/for you and your kids until it doesn't.
I am divorcing my husband and my 5 yr old son wakes up at 3am and comes and sleeps with me. He is needing to do this so I am ok with it.
Good Luck.
~A.

2 moms found this helpful

Hi D.:
Its been my experience,and its my personal opinion, that when a child appears uncomfortable, awkward, or hesitates,about taking off their clothes in front of an adult,its time to Give them their PRIVACY,and allow them to bathe alone.The debate here,should be that concerning your childrens NEED for privacy,and to allow them room to be their own individual self.If they are modest,they should have the freedom to (be modest) I wish you and your daughters the best

2 moms found this helpful

I'm sitting here trying to remember when I quit bathing my son. He's 19 now, and I remember that at age 8 or 9 he was most definitely bathing himself (although doing a very poor job of it), so I'm going to guess that when I quit giving him a bath was probably around 5 or 6, when he said he wanted to do it himself. I watched him the first couple times, to make sure he used the soap and shampoo properly, but then just left him to it. I don't remember it being a nudity issue as much as an independence issue. In any case, we quit showering together probably around his age 3 or 4 because of a space issue in our shower. Again, not nudity related.

My daughter is now 4, and she will sometimes shower with me, sometimes with Dad, and when she's having a bath it's one or the other of us giving the bath. She's not expressed any interest in doing it herself yet. Showers tend to be more a time-related issue than anything else. She sees both of us nude fairly regularly, and while she is aware that boys and girls are built different, she doesn't really seem to care about it. Actually, she seems more interested in my breasts than anything else.

The question is interesting because I was wondering about this recently too, and I decided that when she was ready to bathe herself, if she began to show more curiosity/interest in Dad's genitalia, or if there were any signs of discomfort with the status quo, then we would change the system. In our case, Dad is the primary caregiver, he works at home, and I work outside the home, hence he ends up doing the majority of the bathing. Maybe this plays a part in her total comfort with the situation? I'm not sure. In any case, I don't really see the big deal with it, if you trust the male in question.

And as for the moms who mentioned things like fun time, family time, and bonding time, I would agree with all that, whole-heartedly. In fact, while one or the other of us is bathing her in the tub, the other usually comes into the bathroom, because it sounds like a lot of fun, laughing and splashing, and the uninvolved parent is drawn to it.

And, as a sidenote, I have to say how truly surprised I am in the level of negative responses to this. Check out the co-sleep related questions and see how many of the moms are all about keeping kids in the marital bed for an extended time frame. Or review the extended breast-feeding that is advocated around here, which goes on until toddlers are well past the need for it. But put the tots in the tub with a parent and suddenly it's all inappropriate and crossing boundaries? Wow.

And before I get a bunch of nasty emails, please understand that I am NOT against co-sleeping or breast-feeding. I'm just saying... this seems a *bit* of a contradiction...

Oh, and some of the respondents made statements about this *NEVER* being okay... What about families that live in homes where there is not a bathtub? We had a bathroom a few years ago that only had a stand-up shower enclosure. I would say in some cases showering with a child IS necessary.

2 moms found this helpful

I agree that when you have to ask it's the time to stop. Most kids don't remember anything under the age of three. So that's probable a good age if not before. If kids are use to taking a shower with dad I wouldn't make it a big deal about your to old to take a shower with dad, because you will instill things they have seen on dad to become a memory. Because it is now something bad.

Buy a movable shower head and put it in the kids bathroom, buy bath toys and but them in the tub to play, then teach them to wash their own hair and wash it out with the movable shower head, you can tell them when the soap is out.

I stopped taking showers with my son at 2 1/2 close to 3. Because I started feeling uncomfortable. Dad still does when they are in a hurry for something, he says they are the same, one is just hairier. But I have told my son if he doesn't want to shower with dad then he needs to get in before dad and hurry, so that when dad is ready he can get out. I don't think he cares, he's never been told that it's bad that they shower together. But he understands girls are diffrent because we have boobs. So that is why his sisters lock him out of the kids bathroom and he doesn't walk in on me.

Good luck with this! like I said don't make it a big deal, you don't want them to think it's bad, you just need to make a change, and there is nothing wrong with all the girls taking a shower or bath together, until the oldest starts developing. Then you want to teach her modesty. J.

1 mom found this helpful

When the daughter doesn't want to shower with Dad anymore. Every child is different.

1 mom found this helpful

Dear D.:

Is there an age when it is no longer okay for a female child to shower with their mother? No. Same thing with father. Parents bathe or shower with their small children to help them get clean. Then it becomes a convenient habit. At some point, it becomes pointless and then it tapers off. Of course, this happens at a different point in every family but, if it occurs naturally, everyone remains happy. If, on the other hand, someone freaks out and makes a big issue of it, THAT becomes damaging to the child and to the relationship with the parent. If these three girls are the light of your life, you don't want to do that to them.

Very best wishes,

M.

1 mom found this helpful

I agree with everyone else, when you or the children start to feel uncomfortable. My husband will take a shower with his son who is seven, but he has always made both of them wear underwear when they are in the shower together. That is always an option...

1 mom found this helpful

I see your question from two different perspectives both of which I have personal experience with. I am divorced and can understand where you are coming from, I wanted my ex to drop off the face of the earth, I am also married to a man who is divorced and can see the other side.

1) you are looking for evidence to help you justify your divorce and are trying to put your daughters in middle. Having watched my husband go through this scenario (false allegations, story concocted by mom and perpetuated for almost 10 years, almost a million dollars in court and legal costs to prove his innocence and that the ex is a liar and fraud, and 4 kids who have been alienated from a loving father while the legal stuff all played out) the oldest child is now 18 and made contact with their father, there is so much anger and bitterness towards Mom who has lied to the kids for over 10 years. I would say leave your daughters out of this unless you are absolutely positive something has happened to them and you are willing to have physical proof not just what you believe might happen. If your marriage is over because you two couldn't work things out then accept that don't try to justify what you are doing because he takes a shower with your daughters. Whether you like their dad or not your daughters have a right to be with their father and he has the right to be their father unless he is actually doing something to hurt them, you do not have the right to create fear in their minds or alienate them from him. You may not want to hear that but it's true!

2) My current husband showers with our daughters who are 6, 5 and 2 it is only occasionally and when there is a time crunch. Our daughters see us both naked and know that boys are different than girls. We also have 2 teenage boys who would die rather than let their sisters see them naked and vice versa the girls are very aware of modesty. Because of the scenario with his previous children my husband has been overly cautious and is very conscious of the perception. Our two older daughters are just now expressing interest in showering or bathing by themselves and the dynamics of shower and bath times are changing. This is being respected and new boundaries are taking place naturally nothing forced. There is nothing wrong with being open with your children about the human body it is a beautiful creation, by the same token these same bodies need to be respected and treated like a rare work of art.

You need to really evaluate what your motivation for the question is and then go from there. If there is indeed something really wrong your children will let you know, but you should never plant negative thoughts about their dad to them, he is their father and he loves them just like you do, whether you can see that or not.

A.

1 mom found this helpful

As long as the child needs assistance with a shower, I think its ok because a parent is still needed. Once a child can climb into the shower, turn it on, shampoo and rinse on their own, then they are too old.

1 mom found this helpful

Maybe 6 or so. If you don't make a big issue of it, I think it's fine until that age. So many of the women on here think men should never shower with their daughters or give them baths. What's wrong with you people? Fathers have close relationships with kids too and if it means helping with bath time, then so be it. It's bonding time. They can teach them how to clean themselves. It's a good thing. It's not like Dad will be washing her private parts when she's 6, but an occasional shower at that time is normal and as long as there is nothing inappropriate, then who cares!

1 mom found this helpful

I think as soon as you start to be concerned about it is when it should stop. Different kids are aware of sexuality, etc. at different ages, and if you have even a slight feeling that one or all of your girls may be too old for this, trust your gut.

1 mom found this helpful

I think once it's uncomfortable for either the father or the daughter it should stop...but until then I don't see anything wrong with it...I like the board short idea, make it less 'sex' and more 'fun' however, I'm sure if you're divorcing you won't have a ton of say on his shower clothing.

My hubby & I are often naked in front of the kids when we get dressed, etc...but neither of us shower with the kids...we shower and the kids bathe...so it's not something we do in our home..sorry I couldn't be more help.

1 mom found this helpful

I do not know what age is appropriate to stop because our daughter is three and still does. I know I showered with my Dad as well till around 5. My husband wears his board shorts while she is in and they make it fun. My dad would wear shorts as well. Once my daughter gets out, then he finishes his shower without his shorts. Hope this helps.

1 mom found this helpful

I think when the child starts express curiosity about the "different plumbing" it time to stop. My mother can tell you a hysterical story about me trying to "catch the raindrops" off my dad's...well, you know.

1 mom found this helpful

I believe in teaching our children to treat their bodies with respect and to teach them about privacy. We teach them about privacy. We don't expect them to ask for privacy and to always volunteer when they are feeling uncomfortable because sometimes they are uncertain as to how to voice their opinions and often they'll go along with something they are not quite comfortable with to please us adults. So - we help them bridge that gap and speak up for them, direct them,and guide them while giving them room to say what they want and feel comfortable with. I believe that it is our job to teach them that their bodies are great & that they also are private and belong to them.

I also don't think there is any need for girls to shower with their dads and agree with the others - that if you are asking about it -then it is probably time to stop.

I disagree with the people who attacked others who prefered boundaries and called them crazy for prefering privacy. I grew up in a time when a lot of parents were shamed by their belief system about their bodies and went to the other extreme with everyone being naked & showering together - no boundaries - not teaching us that we had a right to privacy.

And that is the reason today - I've tried to find a healthier middle ground.

Good luck with your girls. Trust your gut and speak up for what you believe is best for them!!

God bless you!

G.

I would say that a limit is important. As I was growing up I had a step dad that was naked around us and I absolutely hated it. It is not appropriate and can create problems. It is not a hang up to care enough about your children to protect them. My husband and I have already discussed this and I would say 3 years is probably enough. Remember also that a little girl seeing her dad naked is very different than a little boy seeing his mother naked. It just is!

My husband stopped showering with my daughter as soon as she was aware of the difference.

I think I would cut that off at 2...2 1/2 at the very latest. I also have 3 girls and my husband won't even let the 1 year old see him naked!

Things are so differeint from how I grew up, but if you don't see a problem with it, then I'll say until they are toddlers.

My kids stopped showering with their dad at the age of 18 months.

D.,
You have received a complete range of answers. The bottom line, it's up to you and dad. The one thing that is pretty consistent, and I agree, don't make a big deal out of it. Best of everything to you!

Since daddy was in charge of bathtime, we used to do this, too. I think we stopped with our girls when they were about 18 months. After that, daddy would then shower with a bathing suit on.

Good morning D.,

I don't think it is never, never, never, okay for a man to shower and/or bathe with his female child at any age! Give her a bath, wash her hair but not to shower. I don't know why any man needs to shower at the same time with their kid here is the United States. We have water and an indoor bathroom!

Most kids can't remember anything that happens before their 4th birthday, so I always made that my cutoff. But then, one day my 3 year old daughter asked my husband "What's that thing stuck to your butt?" and that was it. My husband came out and told me shower time with daddy was officially over. Up until then she hadn't even noticed the difference. Of course, now my daughter has twin baby brothers and see diaper changes all the time, so she knows the difference between boys and girls. It's just different when it's an adult, and she totally understands about privacy now. But I still take my boys in the shower with me, since they are oblivious. They just like their mommy time. Do whatever is comfortable for you. However, I would caution against letting your child shower with any adult OTHER than a parent.

When I was a child (I think around 5 or 6) my wonderful grandfather who I was very fond of would shower each of us grandkids with him one at a time in a assembly line manner. In his mind this this was probably the quickest, most efficient way to get us washed up. I don't remember feeling weird about it at the time. Although I believe in modesty when out-and-about I'm very comfortable being naked at home. That being said, as an adult one of the strongest of the many memories I have of my grandfather is of him being naked in the shower. I really remember this and I wish I didn't. I also remember seeing my mom and dad naked as an child (at 9, 10, 11?). Could do without those memories too. Obviously the adults in my family were comfortable clothes-free and I do not fault them. Now, because of your question I'm giving some thought to this. My young daughter and I shower together sometimes-no problem with that one- it's actually a a really sweet stress-free time together and v-e-r-y normal. But now I'm wondering, because I am so comfortable being around our home clothes-free at other times (I have an infant, getting showered & fully dressed is an accomplishment!) am I starting to impose on her? At almost five years old she will have lasting memories of this time in her life. So, it's not only about what we as adults are comfortable with. Our children are their own people who may or may not think/feel as we do (surprise!). As with so many parenting issues I don't believe there is a hard and fast rule here. I just think we should pay attention to our child's comfort level and adjust accordingly while keeping in mind that after a certain age, they are the ones who will have the memories of this time good, bad or indifferent.

I believe a simple questions leads to simple answers:
-is it safe for them to shower with him?
-is it safe for them to shower without him? (you did not give any indication of their ages)

Best of luck with your divorce. You are a mother of three beautiful girls that have taught you how to walk gracefully through every challenge!
cheers!
~W.

When you have to ask when is too old, then you are there. Go with your instincts.

wear swimsuits! :)I would suggest not doing it nude....DH has vague memories of his mom and refuses to shower naked with our boys even! lol.

I myself have a daughter, she is 18 months old and it is my personal preference that she never, ever shower with her dad. To me it is inappropriate and I can't actually think of a good reason for something like that to occure. The logistics of the whole thing don't make since to me. I must also admit that I myself do not take baths with my daughter. I feel that a child should have their own personal bath time as we should. Especially for a little girl and a male even when he's her father.

Please know that I'm no judging you. Each and every family is different and you have to do what you feel is right. Since you have reached the point of asking the question maybe now is the best time to stop the co-ed showers. Good Luck.

In my opinion 6-7 should be the cut off as long as you don't make it an issue they wont either.

It is never all right for a female child to shower with her dad. After age two for sure.

I agree with Emily and think as soon as you start to be concerned about it is when it should stop. The Dad might not "get it" but it is enough if one of you two do.

D.,
I would say once they are kindergarten age. I know many people may disagree, but, that is when she may start talking about it at school. Also a teacher may make some sort of judgement about it and it may get reported to child protective services. Just my opinion.

I have girls and they have never showered with Dad. If you think it's OK, I would stop around age 2 or 3.

I have three suggestions here: 1) If you don't feel comfortable anymore, and you may not if you're asking, then it's time to stop. 2) Once the child notices the differences and starts to ask, it's time to stop. 3) If you haven't stopped by the time the child starts Kindergarten, it's time to stop before the child mentions it at school and someone finds it inappropriate and causes problems for you. I showered with all of my kids until they were probably about 3. My husband wasn't as comfortable and only showered occassionally when they were babies. Good luck!

Sorry, but are you a "D." male, or "D." female?
Are you the Dad asking this about your daughter's or are you the Mother? Not that it matters, but just asking.

Hi D.!!

Sorry to hear about your divorce, I hope that the two of you can work things out the best you can to make things as normal as you can for your children. As far as the showering with dad issue. I personally don't think that it is right. My husband doesn't even like to give our 3 year old a bath because he feels funny about it. When she was younger, once in a while he would walk through the house in just his underwear, but once she started saying "naked naked naked" when he was in his underwear, he wears shorts all of the time now. I use to shower with my daughter just out of convinence of time. But I stopped that when she started asking me questions at 2 1/2 that I wasn't ready to answer. I know that eventually all children learn the difference between boys and girls. But I would like to keep my child as innocent as possible for as long as possible. She has the rest of her life to deal with the bigger issues.

Good luck!!

L.

My daugher never exactly showered with daddy past 3, too independent. Today at 7 the only time she sees my husband shower is usually when he takes her to the pool. He tells me when other males, usually only teens, are present, they will show respect for the presence of little girl by facing the other way.

Fade out the behavior before kindergarten.

My first instinct is to say as soon as the child starts noticing, feeling curious, or uncomfortable. Then another part of me says "avoid it altogether", but I also think it is very personal and depends on culture and family culture. My family was very open with nudity, but the boundaries didn't evolve as I grew up and I suffered from it as a girl, with my dad not making the adjustment. My husband takes baths with our son and will wear a swim suit, but we don't hide our nudity from him. If he sees us, he will notice, laugh and ask questions (he is 3), which we answer, but we don't dwell on it.
I think it is a personal decision, but it is a boundary that should be set in place by the parent. The child shouldn't even have to start feeling uncomfortable for the parent to make adjustments.

In all honesty I don't think that it is ever a good idea for a daughter to shower with her father. Reguardless of how old she is. So, if you are doing this I would highly reccommend stopping. Best of luck.

Wow! There are some angry people out there! When I was a kid, I showered with Dad and don't even remember it. I think we stopped when I was like 2 or something. It was out of convenience more than anything, and in fact it was like someone said 'it's like an assembly line'. We had to get out of the house fast and I was a messy kiddo...no harm done.

My son's Dad and I aren't togehter and haven't been since I was 3 months preggers, so my suggestion to you is keep an open dialogue about things that concern you. If this is a concern address it in a civil manner, and don't make it about him doing something wrong or that you don't like it. Try to approach it with some care so that it's about you two parenting togehter. My son's Dad and I have always fought about silly things, and are just now finding ways to talk to each other...

Good Luck!

That is totally up to you. My husband showered with all our kids when they were babies, but stopped when they became toddlers. He figured that if they were young enough to hold in his arms, then OK. But if they can stand up, then he didn't want them eye level with private parts.

In my opinion, I would say that age 5 or 6 should be the cut off. But it totally depends on the interaction between the parents and the child. If it is taught or thought to be sexual then it probably would be, but if not taught or thought to be that way then it won't. I think the people who told you that a female child should NEVER shower with their father are crazy or else had something bad happened to them when they were little to make them think that way. I think that each family has their own opinions and whatever you are comfortable with, you should do. If you are uncomfortable with your daughter showering with her dad, then have it stopped...if not, don't worry so much about it. Good luck and trust your own instincts.

Hi,
Now that you are divorcing and live in different homes, I think that kinda ups the ante, so to speak and it may be better for them not to shower with him anymore. I guess, until they are able to clean themselves, he'll need to help them bathe, but it's kind of a judgement call on your part. Because you can't monitor it very well, I'd be cautious, but if the girls are still little and need the help, you may need to wait to have the no showering together rule until they are more aware and/or more able to do it themselves. There are some good pieces of advice you've gotten here so far, so just trust your instincts and you'll be fine. Good luck.
J.

I used to shower with my son when he was a baby, out of convenience like everyone here. But when my child was old enough to start pointing out my private parts and asking I thought it was best to keep mommy and son shower time seperate. I just didn't feel like my son announcing loudly in public about my private parts, which we know kids do. Maybe some aren't embarassed, I would be. I imagine if I have a daughter we will be showering together longer because we are the same. But I think we have to be careful with the society we live in. Yes we should love our body, but how are our young children supposed to know the difference of seeing Daddy naked and Coach Bobby's body naked. If they see nothing wrong with us being naked with each other, they might not understand a situation that could actually be quite dangerous. I don't think there is anything wrong with good ol' modesty. I don't think we have to wear turtle necks and pants either, but we live in a time that is getting worse by the second. When FBI agents can catch predators 300 (from doctors, lawyers, coaches, and teachers) at a time, you know that we can't just flaunt ourselves around in a pack of wolves. (Not that your husband is, but the idea of free nudity and naivity) The body is very beautiful and special, but doesn't need to be paraded because we are more than just a body, our kids have beautiful minds that I would rather have exposed. But you will always know what's right for your kids. Always go with your gut.

I'm sorry, but what are you thinking. Your little girl should have never started taking showers with her dad to begin with!!! You need to stop NOW!

I asked my husband this question and he said he wouldn't feel comfortable past the age of 3. After that if he needed to take a shower with one of our girls, he said he'd wear a bathing suit. (our girls are 7 and almost 4)

Sorry to hear that you are having difficulties but I agree with you wholeheartedly about how awesome girls are! Take strength in your beautiful babies.

Good luck.

The best thing to do is trust your own gut feeling. Every family has different opinions on this. I don't think either opinion is bad, just do (or enforce) what feels right to you!

Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.