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post #21 of 52
I can't offer suggestions, just support. I think it is great that you are seeking out family-friendly places. I have great respect for people who are comfortable with their bodies and able to do that (hence my opening the thread), and I think it can be really healthy for kids. I am way too uncomfortable with my own self to do that.

In many parts of Europe, kids/families are nude on the beach all the time. And they seem to be okay, probably healthier about their bodies than most Americans.

And a fart is a fart, no biggie. But why was her behind in someone's face? I think there is some sort of decorum around nudism, and that can't be part of it.

L.
post #22 of 52
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Originally Posted by Leatherette
And a fart is a fart, no biggie. But why was her behind in someone's face? I think there is some sort of decorum around nudism, and that can't be part of it.

L.
Yeah, that makes me think it wasn't so much a family friendly place.

Kaly
post #23 of 52
You could also try some hot springs resorts that are family friendly. I know Harbin Hot Springs here in cali is awesome but it is limited on the activities for lil kids, though there are some. But a search along that vein may bring more options.
Keep on keepin on Mama Q.


Bleu
mama to bliss om
post #24 of 52
oooooh, hot springs.
sorry, dreaming of a vacation while having coffee.

I just wanted to say that I'm glad to read your babes were not taken from you.

Have a nice vacation.
post #25 of 52
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one fat woman farted in my face
I assume because she was fat, it was *SO* much worse?

How do you feel about Jews farting? What about black people?
post #26 of 52
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Originally Posted by Breathless Wonder
I assume because she was fat, it was *SO* much worse?

How do you feel about Jews farting? What about black people?
They stink too, but not as bad as fat people.

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)



[ETA: That was a joke. Before anyone goes apeshit. :LOL ]
post #27 of 52
So let me get this straight, you are asking if anyone know of any "Family-Friendly" Strip Clubs?
post #28 of 52
No, she's asking if anyone knows of any family friendly nudist colonies.
Kaly
post #29 of 52
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Originally Posted by Unoppressed MAMA Q
what clubs have you tried?
okay, the word "clubs" just threw me off.

but all the same.
post #30 of 52
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Originally Posted by newmommy
okay, the word "clubs" just threw me off.

but all the same.
Interesting that you would be disappointed in someone's natural parenting choice.

I mentioned in another thread a while ago that we are a naked family. I see nothing wrong with nudity. The ONLY reason for clothes is to keep us warm and occasionally safe (say, while running through sticker bushes), otherwise it is man's law, based on "God's" law, that dictates that we should wear clothing. There is nothing inherantly wrong with nudity.

Back to the OP, I've never been to one, though I would go. Dh and I have discussed it. I'd be afraid if I were in the middle of CPS dealings, but if you are no longer in the system and they're content to leave you alone, I say go for it and have a great time!
post #31 of 52

I highly recommend nude recreation!

I think this thread got onto a bad tangent, but I wanted to jump in here with my thoughts on the topic.

My dh and I enjoy nude recreation and have joined a club with great facilities in New Jersey. One of our favorite parts about the club (other than the freedom of swimming nude and no tan lines!) is seeing all the kids that go. If you can find a truly family-friendly place (and some are not) - I highly recommend it for kids!

My dh and I have talked A LOT about kids and nudism (we're TTC#1) amongst ourselves and with the parents who bring their kids to the club. We see several benefits for bringing your children to a clothing optional resort or club:

- It seems that it gives kids such a good sense of body image...I know it has helped ME tremendously to see what bodies are SUPPOSED to look like! At the club, there are bodies of every shape, size, color and age (I've even met a woman who had a masectomy). It is a good counter to the unrealistic images that we are bombarded with in the media.

- It teaches them that bodies are not something to be ashamed of or hidden, and that nudity doesn't equal sexuality. I would think this group with so many BF advocates could appreciate anything that de-sexualizes breasts.

I know that once kids get to a certain age that modesty or embarrasment naturally develops - however at the club we go to there is a 11-12 year old girl who is just starting to go through puberty (the point in my life where I would have LEAST wanted to be naked around other people) and she's out there swimming with the rest of us with no sense of shame or embarrasment. I love that! How cool would it be to have a teenager that felt that way about their body, rather than one who started dieting at 10?

My dh and I plan to bring our kids to places like that so they have a better chance of avoiding body issues, so they are less mesmerized by ads that sell with sex, and so they know what 'normal' really is.

In addition, the people that we have met at the club have been so nice and genuine. I would trust my kids around any of them! I definitely think it depends on the club/resort though...I've been to a few that I will never go back to, nor would I take children to. Good ones can be found though! There are lots of resources online (which is how we found the place in NJ).

I must say it's good for adults too...everyone sags, wrinkles, gets cottage-cheese (even men!), balds, and grows hair where they don't want it. Nudism helps you realize that you are beautiful just the way you are!
post #32 of 52
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Originally Posted by Breathless Wonder
I assume because she was fat, it was *SO* much worse?

How do you feel about Jews farting? What about black people?
Quote:
Originally Posted by lckrause

They stink too, but not as bad as fat people.

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)



[ETA: That was a joke. Before anyone goes apeshit. :LOL ]
Your post is many, many things lckrause, but one thing it is not is a joke.
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by Periwinkle
Your post is many, many things lckrause, but one thing it is not is a joke.
Actually, it was a joke. Specifically, silliness in reply to the IMHO over-the-top reactions of the PPs (plural). Honestly, what does it matter how fat or what color the person is who just farted in your face. :LOL And why turn a thread about trying to find nudist resorts into a size discrimination/racism one?

to you too, Periwinkle.
post #34 of 52
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Originally Posted by BunintheOven
I've done it (without children)
But one fat woman farted in my face, I was pretty grossed out by that, I never went back. Nothing worse than a fart from someone without pants on.

It wasn't just a "poof" it was a full out FART, ok!

I do not want my kids around that nasty stuff.


~L
Why would you have your face near someone's butt? Clothed or otherwise?
post #35 of 52
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Originally Posted by newmommy
okay, the word "clubs" just threw me off.

but all the same.
Actually, it is illegal to bring a minor to a strip club. Nude family recreation is legal. You should follow the aanr link and educate yourself before making judgements.
post #36 of 52
I'd do it! No problem at all. I wonder if DH would? Around the house he's been more comfortable with his body than me, but I've caught up since I've been married to him.

20/20 or something had a special on it. They featured this nude grandmother and her teenage grandchildren. She was at a place where they live 24/7 nude. The g'ma said that her teenage daughter had become SO much more comfortable with her developing self since she started visiting at the place. They showed a backshot of the g-ma and teenage boy and girl. Seemed quite healthy to me.

As for modesty being a "natural state." No - I don't think that's true. It's cultrually imposed. Just look at all of the tribes that go nude. The children don't develop modesty some magic age. They learn to hide their bodies from their culture.

The only problem now though is that if my 2 yo saw my breasts 24/7 she'd never get off them. :LOL
post #37 of 52
Ladies, sorry to be off topic, but (quoting from Max)

"lots of the mamas here are pretty sensitive right now do to the diaper picture crisis,"

What does this mean? I am sort of afraid to ask...
post #38 of 52
I *believe* it was found that some weird-o sex site was stealing cloth diaper pictures and putting them up for sickos to get their jollies with. And the sick-os would trade personal info like "Do you know if there is a family website? Where can I get more pictures of this kid."

Terrifying eh?
post #39 of 52
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Originally Posted by Ellien C
I *believe* it was found that some weird-o sex site was stealing cloth diaper pictures and putting them up for sickos to get their jollies with. And the sick-os would trade personal info like "Do you know if there is a family website? Where can I get more pictures of this kid."

Terrifying eh?

Omg! That is just disgusting.
post #40 of 52
For the record, DH and I are TTC #1, so we haven't hit this yet. But, while we were in Europe this summer, this came up because its just a part of life over there. You don't have to seek out places, you just go to the public beach where there will most likely be quite a few topless and every once and a while completely nude adult and A LOT of completely naked children. (On a side note, one of the cutest things I saw in Europe was this little 2 year old girl, naked except for her shoes, running along the promenade in front of her parents who were taking a break from the beach to get an ice cream! So cute... would have loved a picture for cuteness sake, but that is inappropriate, so I didn't). In fact, the majority of pre puberty girls are just in little bikini bottems.

I went with the topless thing and would do so again in front of my future kids without thinking twice. In fact, we will purposely try to include beach vacations in Europe just to allow our children to be comfortable either way... its a nice mix and wonderful to see soo many natural bodies instead of the sexed up stuff we see on American beaches. I'd like them to be able to see a man in a speedo (or completely nude) and not go "yuuuuccckkk". (On another side note, I was amazed how few augmented breasts were in Europe... even though US public beaches aren't nude, man alive, I'd be embarressed to let my kids see some of the women in their tiny "tops" all augmented to timbuckto...talk about giving the wrong impression.)

I'm not sure I would seek out a nudist club only because I'm not sure its worth the effort seeing as we do frequently travel to Europe and I would be a little concerned about pressuring my kids to be nude. I think the whole point is to allow them to be tolerant and to be themselves... so to go to a nudist club where it is mandatory may be to pushy for me. A mixed club would be perfect, but I'm not sure how available those are in the US.

And for all you naysayers... how do you think you allow breasts to be less sexual and more about breastfeeding? There are many that believe seeing them as natural instead of covering them up is a big step towards that.

As far as tips: bring sunscreen and lots of it.

Oh, and taking them in Europe where it really isn't a choice is a nice way to avoid the whole "seeking it out" think w/ my conservative family... but I realize not everyone has those options (or a conservative extended family!)
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