What about a true “nudist” family? One that practices more than occasional nudity around the home. One that actually makes it a point to visit nude beaches and clubs on its vacation itinerary. Do such families exist and, if so, how do things work out for them?
As it so happens, some members of the Bare Platypus team ARE parents to a nudist family with four “puggles,” who have grown into healthy well-adjusted adults and young adults. In this blog post we interview them to get answers to some of those questions that others have.
Q. Did your “puggles” ever go through the “I don’t want to be naked” phase?
A. Not ours. As parents we made a conscious decision that we would never force the issue of nudity. Maybe our relaxed “they make the decision about clothes” attitude helped avoid any backlash. Or maybe our apples don’t fall far from the tree.
For us, the issue of whether kids are allowed---or welcomed---at some nudist clubs is less significant than rhetoric being raised about whether kids belong in any nudist club. On that subject we vehemently believe that our kids enjoyed our family’s bare outings and that they enhanced our family experience. We always had our kids in direct line of sight supervision too for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was water safety.
One thing that bothers us is the mentioning of family nudism less and less. We are NOT suggesting that there should be kids in every club or 8 x 10 pics of little ones splashed across websites. We do think they could take more steps to let families know they’re welcome… maybe with a tasteful cartoon graphic or something to make the point.
04/25/12 Update: For a different perspective, click The Gloss to read an article written by a woman who grew up with nudist parents.
05/03/12 Update: For yet another perspective, click ABC News 20/20 , a story about a nudist family living in Sunsport Gardens that will air this week.
06/01/12 Update: Our college age nudist couple are "revisited" with another story: Return Visit
01/12/13 Update: College nudists attend family birthday party celebration in birthday suits.
Bare Platypus now offers products with Platypus artwork at the Bare Platypus Souvenir Shop . You can get a tote bag or a coffee mug, a t-shirt, or all three! Plus there's more to come.
These designs are one-of-a-kinds that you won't find elsewhere. Tasteful enough that you can show or serve them to all guests, but unusual enough (and always bare) that they can help you get a conversation going.
You're invited to visit!