One of the earliest sexuality concepts you want your child to learn is that the body is good—all parts of it. Bathing with your baby is healthy sexual modeling. When your toddler runs into the bathroom as you step out of the shower in your birthday suit, there’s no need to dive for cover. That would convey there is something to be ashamed of. But you may wonder, until what age? As with so many aspects of discipline, take your cue from your child. Watch for signs that your child is developing a sense of modesty. When your child begins to cover up, it’s time for you to cover up, too. Your child quickly crosses his hands in front of his genitals as you enter the room or carefully closes the door when he uses the toilet or is dressing. That’s a modesty cue, and the unclothed time of early childhood has passed. By the age of four or five most children begin reserving their bodies for private viewing, and so should parents.
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