Mommy Making It Work
My Kids Are Streakers
Published on March 7, 2012 by guest author: Cindy F. Crawford

For the last few months, whenever I walk in the door after a long day at work, my kids are running around stark naked.

I don’t know about you, but when I walk in the door after a long day, I put my purse down, take my shoes off, hang up my jacket. The usual. But for some reason, my kids, who are 5 and 2, take off their shoes, their socks – and everything else.

I think part of it is because at that hour, it is daddy daycare. Because I work long hours and commute at least 30 minutes, my husband has night duty since he works really close to home. And he doesn’t care whether they’re dressed or not. And he’s not the first dad in charge. Before hubby takes over, his dad holds court by keeping them several days a week. So it’s possible clothing is optional when the men are in charge, even if it is 6 p.m. and company could show up at any time.

The streaking probably popped up when we started ramping up the potty training with Alli around Christmas. Right now, she sits on the potty a million times a night (and does nothing, mind you), then she gets off, flushes the empty toilet and goes back to playing. After doing that a bunch of times, putting the pullup and pants back on gets tiresome, so we all just let her run around bottomless. Then the shirt comes off around dinnertime so it won’t get dirty (because she hates getting anything on her shirt) - hence the nakedness.

Now, William should have no excuse. At 5, he’s really too old to run around naked. But if you were to ask him why he’s clothes-less every night, he would say because he likes to be “commando” and that everything comes off as a result of his attempts to reach commando status.

I’ve decided that out of all the issues to deal with, this isn’t a battle worth fighting. After all, they still take a bath together and see each other naked all the time. And so far, we’ve answered the “why does she not have what I have?” questions and moved on. When that gets more prevalent, we’ll start enforcing the wearing of clothes.

What about your family? Do your kids prefer the Adam and Eve way of life? When did you stop the streaking? Let me know.

Cindy F. Crawford is the editor of a news publication in Birmingham, Ala., and the proud parent of two spirited young children.

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sarafoss | March 08, 2012 22:55

When I was 4, I went through a phase where I refused to wear a bathing suit. Too restrictive. So when we went to the lake cabin on vacation, I spent a lot of time running around naked. I think all kids go through a phase like that.

Mindi | March 09, 2012 08:02

Jesse (4) usually likes to be naked. It usually follows a trip to the bathroom, similar to Alli. It also allows him "access", which I think all little boys go through. Lately, when I come to relieve him from time-out in his room, he is in the buff with his clothes strewn all over his room. This may be his way of rebelling against the punishment. Luke (6) doesn't strip down at home but he will go put on his "comfy clothes" when we get home in the afternoons. I hear of this naked phenomena in lots of households. I believe in it. If you can't be yourself at home, where can ya be?

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