Too old to bath with dad?
Opinions differ when it comes to kids and parents sharing bath time.

Bath time is chaos in many households. Some families share one bathroom, and some choose to do so in order to save money on electricity and conserve water. Practically, when a baby comes along, it can be easier to bath with your baby rather than lean over a bath. But what happens when your baby is no longer a baby? Here’s how some of our friends responded to this question on Facebook:

“At what age do you think kids are too old to bath with their parents?”

When they’re still young

“When they start becoming aware and asking questions - about 2/3.” Karen

“When they start talking... coz all the questions will follow”. Mphetshi

“… I would say from 3 or 4 years I wouldn't be keen on my daughter seeing her dad naked, and for my son to see me. Just personal preference I guess.” Brigitta

Not so young

“My son is 4 years old, and if any1 in the house runs water to bath, he goes in, whether it’s me or his dad he does not ask.” Keabetswe

“I still bath with both mine. My son is 5 and daughter 3. He asked many question but it’s my opportunity to teach him and her. We were raised with an unspoken nude policy so it doesn't bother me....” Euricht

No dads allowed!

“Pre-teen is probably a good time for any parent to start being private with their children. But generally I would frown upon a father/uncle bathing with daughter/niece at any age” Sbosh

“My daughter is 5 and we shower together every night. I think it’s fine, we are both females, but dad showers and dresses alone.” Alicia

Whatever goes?

“My eldest is 11, he sees me and my fiancé naked daily. Guess we're those strange parents who don't make nudity taboo. We also take very openly about sex and encourage masturbation. Guess we're going to hell...” Lyndsey

“My kids are 29, 26, 23 and they still walk into the bathroom to come and chat to us in the bath. We’ve all ways been open and honest with them so it never been an issue.” Kenny

A sensible answer

“There's only one answer to this: the age at which YOU and YOUR family start feeling uncomfortable, if ever.” Tracy

So some prefer to avoid answering uncomfortable questions, some suggest that dads may bath with sons but not daughters, and some are quite happy with nudity in the home as it provides a safe context in which to discuss almost any subject.

Author's note: Having seen my kids weeing (or even on rare occasions having a poo) in the bath, I know what my answer would be!

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