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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