Even within the same family, each child will differ from his or her siblings. Despite this fact, people can make some general guidelines for how to know when to stop being naked in front of a child.
Of course, nudity is a perfectly natural state and nothing be ashamed of, should a child accidentally see his or her parent briefly. The difficulty can be in telling when the time has come to avoid being naked in front of the child for more than a few seconds. Many child psychologists have no problem with parents bathing with very small children. It does not even seem to harm a toddler for the parent of the opposite sex to help out with bath or shower time.
However, when the youngster begins to notice and ask many questions about the biological differences between him or herself and the parent, that would be the best time to stop being naked in front of the child. This will vary for each parent and child. Once toilet training has happened and the child is old enough to bathe in his or her own water, the parents should make sure the bathroom door is closed whenever anyone is inside the room naked and that anyone looking for something in the room must knock first.
Once a child’s initial questions about anatomy and its functions have been asked of and answered by the parent, it should be considered time to stop being naked around that child. A father who has answered for his daughter what his penis does or taught his son how to urinate in the toilet consistently needs to begin covering it up when the children are around. Likewise, once the children know what the mother’s breasts do and how she goes to the bathroom and has perhaps given them basic sex education when they ask, it is time for her to stop being naked around the children. After taking a shower, a towel or bathrobe to cover those important parts should suffice until the parent gets dressed for the day.
In the process of explaining these functions and deciding to stop being naked in front of the children, a parent would do well to explain why. If the children are younger, perhaps of preschool age, Mom or Dad can let the child know that certain parts are not for showing to others or letting them touch. Therefore, we cover those parts of ourselves and keep them private, even in the house unless it is time to bathe or use the bathroom.
Once the decision is made to stop being naked in front of the children, keep covering up when they are in the room. This helps them learn to behave modestly when it happens without embarrassment.