Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 124 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about raising kids as naturists.
This episode is an interesting one! We’re joined by two guests to talk about raising kids with a naturist lifestyle. You may be more familiar with the term “nudist” but the preferred language for this way of life is naturism. Mom of two Andrea Alves recently wrote a very popular guest post for The New Family’s 1,000 Families Project about her adventures as a relatively new naturist. We’re also joined by Stéphane Deschenes, who—along with his wife—owns the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, where Andrea took her first forays into social nudity. Stéphane’s two boys, now ages 17 and 20, were brought up as naturists since birth. We tackle the tremendous misconceptions around social nudity, the root of our hang-ups about our bodies, and the compelling reasons for giving our kids some different messages about covering up.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Andrea and Stéphane.
Andrea’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I would have to say that you are the expert on your child so as much as you hear a bunch of stuff, go with your gut because there’s a lot of information out there and you know your child best.”
Stéphane’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I don’t remember who said it and that’s terrible, but I heard the phrase ‘benign neglect.’ And it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek but it’s about letting your kids learn on their own and not doing everything for them. That builds their self-confidence and allowing them to make mistakes, maybe even to hurt themselves just a little bit.”
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