Parents shower in front of and bathe with their children all the time. Not only is there nothing wrong with that, a shared bath or open shower is often a necessity for a parent struggling to get free time or caregiving alone. Done right, the family shower can provide an effective forum for a child to wash independently and learn a bit about anatomy while becoming comfortable with their own body.
The logic is pretty easy to follow. The question, though, is what that age is. By that age, she says, they should be getting the hang of how to scrub off their grime and shampoo their hair on their own before hopping into the shared tub as is the Japanese customand should also be able to observe proper communal bathing etiquette such as not splashing, swimming, or letting their towel fall into the bathwater.
When your tots are tiny, you don't question shared baths. But as little kids grow older, many moms express confusion about when to switch to a separate bath routine. And let's face it, one bath at the end of a long day is often better than two, but older kids need their independence and privacy!
IT'S not often I can identify with a celebrity, but when I read about how Carrie Bickmore showered with her 9-year old son and hadn't realised there was anything wrong with this until friends pointed it out, I knew exactly where she was at. In much the same way that Carrie said showering with Ollie was her favourite time of day, I too looked forward to what became a bit of a ritual in our household. Sitting in the bath thankfully it was a big one we would have no distractions, there would be no phones to play with, no calls to take and no one else to worry about. Not to glorify it too much, but it was kind of like our little bubble, our retreat from the world.
Apparently not, according to bath tray manufacturers — who have some seriously out-there ideas about what women do in the bath. And how much stuff they need to take in with them! The people who manufacture bathtub trays seem to have no idea what women actually do in the bath and I find that strangely comforting pic.
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Bathing is the washing of the body with a liquidusually water or an aqueous solution, or the immersion of the body in water. It may be practiced for personal hygienereligious ritual or therapeutic purposes. By analogy, especially as a recreational activity, the term is also applied to sun bathing and sea bathing.
When I was a freshman in college, my room had a nice bathroom that I only had to share with four other girls. Since we had a bathtub, one night I decided to take a bubble bath. One of my roommates and I got a little silly and she started taking pictures of me in the tub with the bubbles strategically placed to cover my girly parts.
My son Noah is "all boy" — he loves sports and was in gymnastics for four years. He's always showing off his flips and being Mr. Center of Attention, which he usually gets to be anyway because he's my only child and the only grandchild in my extended family. Still, he loves our "cuggle" time, which is what he's called cuddling since he was a baby.