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May
11
2011

For all of you who live in the New York City area, you can see me today on PIX11 Morning News on a segment called “Mom’s the Word.” They asked me to come on and discuss how I manage to look so fabulous, young and model-like while getting so little sleep.

Wait, that might not be exactly right.

No, completely different topic.

Actually they are talking about getting naked in front of your kids. Is it okay? When should you stop? Is there an actual age where it becomes inappropriate?

Jeesh, after having four kids, I don’t even like getting naked in front of myself.

I should be on around 8:30 a.m.. If you are not in the NYC area, I will do my very best to post a clip of this round table discussion. But just know, I will be fully clothed. I can not speak for the rest of the guests.

So what do you think? When is it time to throw on a robe in front of your children?

By the way, I just realized that I don’t even own a robe. So must buy robe before children are wigged out seeing me nude. Got it.

Addendum:

Here is the video (I even managed to use the word “testicles” which is definitely a word that doesn’t get enough airtime)….


40 Responses to get up and put on the PIX11 morning news.

  • Stasha says:

    Right now it does not seem an issue. My boy is 3. I don’t make a point of running around naked, but if I had to run out of the shower to help him or if he happens to be around when I am changing-no big deal. I am sure the time will come, kids tend to start looking embarrassed anyway.
    Break a leg Kelcey, you are the word. And they should let you keep the PIX11 robe from the dressing room!

  • Working Mom says:

    The bunny’s almost three too, so she still has fat chats to me while I’m in the bath. I’d like to know when the appoximate time to put a stop to this is, actually.

  • No sleep Mom says:

    I have four children also (a fresh 5, 3, 17 months, & 4 weeks) and I swear my boys who are the oldest think it’s normal to see my breasts. Personally I hate seeing myself naked and cringe at the thought but my kids don’t bat an eye when I get ready naked or run out to the kitchen for an emergency which is always the case when I’m nude!! At this point in my life being clothed isn’t high on my list 🙂

  • Peter says:

    Wow! I could write a novel on this. I have a daughter -14 and a son – almost 8. My son isn’t bothered one way or the other. My daughter is starting to want some privacy, but is very comfortable naked. She’ll cover herself sometimes and sometimes not. She doesn’t “want” to see me naked and I don’t prance around that way, but neither of us make a big deal about it. Mom is naked whenever she happens to be naked.

    As to the concern on Pix11 about comments on home nudity spilling over into outside conversations, I’ve never had that happen. And I haven’t seen any confusion whatsoever from the kids about being naked (or not) outside the home.

    Bottom line – what’s the big deal? It’s only an issue if you make it one. Kids will follow your lead. As they grow, with outside influences as well, they’ll figure their own comfort level.

  • Peter says:

    Ha-ha. I just looked again at this page, noticed there were only female responses, saw the link to “about us mamas” and wondered if I should be posting as a papa (though, if we look at stereotypes – aside from fixing cars, doing household repairs and mowing the lawn … I cook, clean, sew, knit, do dishes & laundry…) Then I checked out the “about us” and saw Rick Folbaum as a contributing papa, so I’m not quite the first. I look forward to reading more articles and feedback on the site.

    P.S. Kelcey – You were great on the show this morning.

  • Peter says:

    Annie – Though I’m not religious, I’ll put it this way – God hasn’t made a person who isn’t beautiful. Without knowing or seeing you, I already know you are. I understand – a year ago I exercised more and had less weight and … I noticed just a day or two ago that I don’t “look” in the mirror at myself now, while I did look when I was proud of what I had accomplished, but there is an ebe & flow. I promise you that you are beautiful. Plus or minus pounds don’t change that.

  • Meg D says:

    You did a great job! Good thing you have TV experience, that was a bit crazy. But you were an excellent guest. I would book ya! Testicles.

  • Loved it! And p.s. my son is almost 11 and sees me naked from time to time. Like you said, I’m not making dinner in the buff but when I’m getting in the shower and he’s in the bathroom I’m not going to say “GET OUT OF HERE!”
    These are bodies… deal.

  • Betsy says:

    I do not cook or clean in the nude, but I do not see a problem about being naked in front of my child, 6, but I need to stop reading your blog with her around. She is sitting on my lap reading- aloud- the posted comments.
    The 6 year olds reaction to the video clip, “You know, Mom, I’m kinda used to seeing you naked.” Basicly, no big deal.
    The doc seems a little uptight. 2 years old? He obviously wasn’t the primary care civer of his kids or he would have only gotten his bath once a week.

  • Allison T. says:

    Girl, you passed up a prime opportunity to use our fave phrase: “undercarriage”!! Can you imagine how that would have become an overnight, international sensation if you’d said it on PIX11?!

  • Aimee says:

    THANK YOU for posting this! As my son (almost 5) came into the bathroom today while I was showering (I have to leave the door open or my 2 yr old has a MELT DOWN), and he opened the curtain and said “hey Mom whatcha doing”–luckily I was washing my FACE and he was watching the steps I took. But then he asked what else I had to wash and looked me up and down. I started to worry maybe I was being that creepy parent being infront of my son. BUT like you said I am not in the kitchen naked making pancakes. In the next year I would venture to say I need to work on closing the door, but for now it is innocent enough and not like I am prancing around in my birthday suit.

    • Peter says:

      Nothing wrong with that. I teach my son to wash all his nooks & crannies, cracks & crevices, so he gets all the dirt-collecting places – behind the ears, belly button, underams, bum, toes, etc. He’ll expect his parents to do the same, according to their body parts. No big deal unless you make it one.

  • erinb says:

    today PIX11….tomorrow your own show on that new Oprahs channel -which i am totally obsessed with btw :-} you did awesome girl- witty and gorgeous as always!

  • Aunt Marcia says:

    Take the whole family to a Nudist Camp this summer. Very liberating for everyone, and no one will ever be embarrassed again when they’re nude or see a nude. If you can’t find a Nudist Camp, just find a nude beach. And if they have neither back East, come visit me in California….

  • Jill says:

    You did great — and so timely! Just this morning I wondered how much I am scarring my 5-yo son who got to witness me get out of the shower. I tend to agree with you but the doctor certainly thinks I need a robe. For everybody’s sake, (I’m old and 7 months pregnant), he might be right…

  • Becky says:

    One evening my 6 year old son came bursting into our bathroom and said “mommy, mommy – look I won 1st place in the competition. See my trophy”.

    And my response (from the all glass shower) was “mommy doesn’t have her glasses on right now, so can ya just wait outside until I’m done and then I’ll come take a look”.

    He said “cool!” and ran out. I don’t think he ever noticed I was naked.

    • Aunt Marcia says:

      When you’re at the butcher shop buying meat for dinner don’t you say, ‘I’ll have a pound of those bull testicles’??? Or do you call them ‘prarie oysters’?

  • scat says:

    I’m divorced with 5 and 8 yr old boys. Of course they see me naked! Who else is going to wash that 5-yr-old in our shower (no tub)…him? If I were to turn him loose in there alone all that he’d do is “make rain from the ceiling” and if I tried to bathe him clothed from outside I’d turn the place into a swamp…so naked it is with both of us in the shower. He’s learning to bathe himself and is almost able to do it alone, but we’ll always have open doors and they’ll always be coming in and out until they grow into their own modesty.

  • MommyTime says:

    Seriously, what else am I supposed to do in the family shower area of the gym but get in there with my kids (son, age 7; daughter age 5), and shower us all off? I can’t take up THREE of the four shower stalls for just our family. So we all see each other naked. At home, they still shower together occasionally (it’s fun!), though mostly they shower/bathe apart because he likes much hotter water than she does. No one flinches over catching me coming from shower to bedroom to change (they barge into the bathroom to ask me questions all the time; drives me nuts), though they are starting to shut their own doors while they are changing. I’m with Peter on this one: it’s only a problem if you make it a problem. They will start seeking out their own privacy when they need it. And then, hopefully, they’ll start respecting mine. But by that point, they will have learned — I hope — that bodies are natural and normal things of which we need not be ashamed.

  • I think about this all the time! Two of my children are boys and wonder if they’ll be scarred for life by memories of “what Mom looks like naked.” If they would leave me alone for more than two minutes at a time, I might be able to phase out the pre-shower viewings. So at the end of the day, they have only themselves to blame.

  • francine Kasen says:

    I have a firm rule about this. If I happen to be naked to make a quick run to the kitchen or dryer I call out ,” I’m naked don’t look”. That pretty much gets my adult kids to slam their eyes shut with a firercness usually saved for sphinter muscles. However mamas…if you want to get those adult children to move out (finally), come on down to breakfast (without the warning call) naked, and you will be an empty-nester faster than you can say “mama get those puppies outta my face!”.

  • Abby Siegel says:

    Undercarriage could have been the new Fetch (Mean Girls!).

    You were amazing and I watched a second viewing since I DVR’d it and my parents concur with my assessment of your performance! Also, your quickness in replying to the anchor’s not-so-obvious complement of your breasts was fabulous.

  • Lotte B says:

    Couldn’t get on CNN or something like that? I can’t see Pix11 here in Europe! Next time, right? And still with “testicles”, right?

    Ahh…I’m naked in front of my kids. But they are only 2½ and 9 months. But…there is a huge discussion going on here in Denmark whether boys aged 7 and up should be allowed to join their mothers in the women’s locker/changing rooms at the public swimming pool (I think it works the same way around with the girls and dads). Apparently some women feel stared at by the 7 years old boys…I don’t get it. I believe that at some point the kids want privacy and seek it, and as a parent you then respect it…


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