Lay Off Gwyneth Paltrow for Getting Naked With Her Kids

Gwyneth Paltrow has always been someone who is a bit easy to hate. She is enviably toned and gorgeous, her career is in perfect shape, and she is insanely wealthy. Add to that a close relationship with her family and a seemingly flawless interest in eating well and living well, and of course, she is going to have her share of haters (myself included). We all hate what we are envious of, natch.

The problem is that Gwyneth, despite being annoyingly haughty, is generally a good mom and a seemingly smart person with her priorities in the right places. Dang. I hate when that happens. But she can’t escape the criticism, and a seemingly innocuous admission in the latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar discussing how she bathes with her school age children (Moses is 5 and Apple is 7) has the Internet up in arms.

I say big whoop.

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We live in a very prudish society where nudity is basically seen as molestation, but in a family context, it's not that big a deal. People really need to relax.

Personally, I don't bathe with my own children who are 3.5 and 5, but that isn't because I am worried about them seeing me nude and more because I am worried about them peeing in the tub (or worse). Besides, I am not a bath person in general (stewing in one’s own filth and all that).

But I see nothing wrong with bathing with your children if they're OK with it. Truthfully, my children have made some comments, especially to my husband, that have made him want to cover up more, especially in front of our older child (a daughter). But this is the way we do things, not the way everyone should. If bathing as a family works for Gwyneth, who are we to judge?

I see no problem with this and I would challenge anyone who does to explain WHY. WHY does this bother you so much? Are you really sure that it's because older kids shouldn't bathe with their parents or is it for another reason? Is it because it's Gwyneth?

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Children should see our bodies and they should feel comfortable in their skin and they should know that there is nothing wrong with being naked. The best way to teach that is to model it.

If Gwyneth feels comfortable bathing with her children, it's none of our business. It's their family and their rules and, in the end, her family will probably be better off for her openness.

Do you think it's wrong that Gwyneth bathes with her kids?


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Javi0... Javi05Eli07

I don't really like Gwyneth, but I have no problem with her bathing with her children.  My two oldest boys are the about the same ages as her kids and they still shower with me.  Absolutely nothing wrong with it unless there is some kind of sexual element going on.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

not at all - i actually just had this conversation with my grandmother yesterday. she was cranky with e because our 2 year old daughter sleeps in our bed from time to time still. and takes showers with us. it's no biggie to us. my sister and i took showers together for a while. i think til i was 13ish. we're both fine and not mentally scarred. people need to calm down.

yayhe... yayheadstart

my 6 year old daughter sometimes gets in the bath with me just because she likes to be close to me. She also crawls right next to me in bed most nights and i wake up with her little arm over me. My 7 year old son doesn't need as much physical closeness to me. Everyone in our family us pretty open about nudity and when they ask questions about naked bodies i have a wonderful opportunity to teach them the correct terms and functions. I hope this openness can continue into their teenage years.

zandh... zandhmom2

I think by time a child is school age, it is time to stop being naked around them.  It actually makes most of them uncomfortable.  And I wonder, are people okay with this because it's the mother and would you feel the same about a father showering with his 7 or 8 year old?  I personally wouldn't let my husband shower with our kids after around 4. I stop with my son around 5 and my daughter around 7 because she had hair down to her butt and it was just to hard for her to do herself. 

ammcmaho ammcmaho

what's the issue? the people who feel it needs to stop are the ones who are sickos. They're her friggen kids.

Mama2... Mama2MonkeyBoys

They're her kids. It's only inappropriate if she's doing inappropriate things TO them while in the tub. Seeing your parents naked - even bathing with them - is not a big deal.
I bathe with both my boys (4 and 2) together because the tub is big and awkward and I don't want to break my back leaning over to help them wash. So, three of us in the tub every bath time. It's really not a big deal. I'll stop when they can wash themselves.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I guess I don't see the problem! If there is enough room why not? : )

femal... femaleMIKE

i think its lovely. 

Aeris... AerisKate

I don't see a big deal either.  My kids are younger (3.5 and 7 months), but it really doesn't bother me and I know that at this point, it doesn't bother them.  I mean, if my kids never saw me naked or use the bathroom, that would be a long time to wait to shower or use the bathroom before my husband got home! haha.  Also, my daughter (3.5 years)  thinks it's a lot of fun to have mommy in the tub, too. 

femal... femaleMIKE

your right zandhmom2, i would feel differently if Chris Martin took a bath with the kids. 

my tub is the size of a baby tub so bathing together would never be an option

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