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 the rhetoric being raised right now about whether kids belong, or can be safe, in ANY nudist club. On that subject we vehemently believe that our kids were always safe during our family’s bare outings. We always had them in direct line of sight supervision for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was water safety.
One thing that bothers us is the message that more and more resorts and our national nudist organizations are signaling by mentioning the family aspect of nudism less and less. (One organization is running a national event this summer, for example, and the event policies make it clear that participation is strictly limited to 18+ ) 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!