• Thu, Feb 2 2012

Does Anyone Else Think It’s Weird That Gwyneth Paltrow Bathes With Her Kids?

Do you remember the last time you saw your parents naked? Unless you grew up in a “naked house,” to quote Charlotte York from Sex and the City, or you were raised in a nudist colony, you probably can’t remember when you last saw either one of your parents in the buff.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s kids, however, see her naked on a daily basis. Not only that, but when it comes to bath time, she just gets right in there with Apple and Moses and scrubs them on down. While this could be deemed environmentally friendly because they’re using the same bath water for all three of them, her kiddos are seven and five years old. If they didn’t have private tutors and actually went to school like the rest of the kids their age, one has to wonder exactly how a teacher would respond to a seven-year-old telling them “Mommy gets right in the tub with us and we have a wash fest!”

As Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar quite frankly: ”We all get into the tub together.” On top of that somewhat creepy factor, what sort of tub do these people have? Is it the size of a small swimming pool? And is there the potential for these kids to be scarred from seeing their mom’s hooha at that age? But I wasn’t raised in a naked house, so I don’t know what’s appropriate naked behavior.

If someone could fill me on whether or not this is normal, I’d greatly appreciate it.

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  • Jenni Maier

    Wash Fest sounds like the theme for a creepy frat party.

  • Nancy

    Nah, I think that’s still young enough. Any age is technically okay I think, but not really within our society. But I had some showers with my mom when I was around seven just so she could teach me how to clean properly without getting shampoo in my eyes and I’m not scarred by it at all; I barely remember.

  • Paula

    I don’t do it personally because our tub is tiny, but I am sure hers is huge. I don’t see anything wrong with it, I think it’s good to teach your kids not to be ashamed of your body. And who knows, maybe she wears a bikini bottom in there? We don’t know. Even if she didn’t, I don’t think it’s a big deal. Her kids are young.

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  • Lisa

    I have had this discussion quite often and find it disturbing that people think it is entirely normal for kids to watch people getting their heads blown off on TV or their parents fighting, etc… but the naked body should be hidden from them. What is wrong with this world???

    My 13-year-old son and I took a trip to Cuba together and went skinny dipping in the middle of the night while there. It was an awesome experience! When I recount the experience to friends, I get a mixed reaction from “cool” to “wierd and creapy”. I think we have over protected our kids with being modest in an effort to protect them from predators, but have we actually done more damage in the end?

  • jen

    my daughter is only 2, but sometimes i will hop in the tub with her if i don’t need to wash my hair, or if i just want to shave my legs. heck, she splashes so much when she’s in the tub, why not get in there with her from time to time?

  • Marina

    In my culture that’s normal, I mean, it’s not uncommon… Maybe it’s because I live in Brazil, here that’s not shocking at all…

  • Texann

    I have a daughter in law who bathed with her daughter when she was a baby on through 12 years old until the daughter kept having vaginal infections during all the years and finally a doctor felt it was a result of the baths together.I feel there is nothing wrong with young children seeing their parents naked from time to time within a normal family setting. But there comes an age when it is stimulating for a child to see naked adults on a regular basis. Thisopinion came from a doctor. I had 5 children who grew up to be very fine, normal adults without ever our family members parading around naked in front of each other nor bathing with each other after babyhood of the children. Perhaps acceptable in some cultures, not so acceptable in our culture, and actually seems unsanitary, creepy.

  • Linda

    Two children, 7 and 5, are way too old to be bathing with their adult mother. Hell, they are too old to be bathing together too. What happens to people when they sign on to be a part of Hollywood? Do they trade in their brain cells for a paycheck? Gwyneth, the seven year old is able to bathe him or herself. The 5 year old might need some help with hair washing. But to bathe with mommy is insanity at its best. My son is 20 years old and I have not seen his genitals since he was four. Any questions or problems he goes to his dad. If any of you think I am wrong, speak to your pediatrician.

    • Anonymous

      Umm, and who exactly is supposed to help the 5 year old with the washing if mommy doing it is “insanity.” Gwyneth’s husband does a lot of tours for his band. What if the seven year old needed help then? “Oh, sorry honey, you’ll have to wait about a month for your potty-related question. Mommy’s too scared to view you without underwear, even though she gave birth to you not too long ago.” That would be unhealthy, and i’m pretty sure any pediatrician would agree.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I find it odd that people would be so concerned by a mother bathing with her children. Are people so freaked out with the human body that they are afraid of a child seeing the body from which they were born? And I am not apart of some sort of nudist colony. I personally took showers with my single father until a year or two after I started school. She might be concerned that her kid might hurt themselves and she wouldn’t know. Kids have drowned in tubs by themselves before. And as to the kids seeing each other, they are siblings! A lot of opposite gender siblings much older than them share rooms. Just because a family isn’t mortally afraid of seeing each other nude doesn’t mean they make it a policy to galavant around the house naked for all to see. Which, by the way, isn’t uncommon for a five-year-old in any case.

    • gammachris

      The kids are 7 and 5. I don’t think they are at huge risk of drowning in the tub at that point.

  • berry

    I don’t see the problem. Some people need to stop being so scared of things. I am 30 and when I am at my parents house and in a hurry (in the morning) I jump right in the shower with my mom. We don’t stare at each other, because we have seen it all. The person who said a doctor told them that this can be arrousing for kids? Doctors say a lot of things accept how to raise a family. Ask a doctor someting that cannot be found in a book or that they haven’t learned in school…they don’t know. How many normal people are attracted to their family members, no matter how attractive that person may be? None, not the normal ones. My brother is a handsome, tall, well builed man, not ones that I look at him other than my brother. People who are attracted to their family members are not normal, they don’t need to see anybody naked to cross the line. It has nothing to do with nudity. I love Gwyneth for this.

  • berry

    not ones that= not once did

    Sorry!

  • Zayna

    Hm…I bathed with either one of my parents until I reached puberty. I’ve never found seeing them naked disturbing at all. We don’t live in a “nudist house”, far from it. Nowadays, we sometimes go to the sauna on the weekend, which means I still see my parents naked occasionally – and at 21, I view this as a natural behaviour just as I did back then. I guess American culture is rather different from the European one I grew up in.

  • kasket

    I don’t see why people are getting so worked up over this. My mom bathed me in the sink till I was big enough, then she would either hold me in the shower while she was taking a shower and bathe me, or when I could stand, would just have me go in with her. It saves time, money, and I don’t see the problem with it. I decided when it came time to take showers on my own, and that’s when it stopped. If her children still want to shower with her, I don’t see the issue as they’re still young and will decide soon enough to shower on their own.

    • kasket

      Also, just because I don’t shower with them any more, it doesn’t mean I think it’s wrong to do. I’m 25 years old and if I have something I need to say to her or vice versa, it’s completely acceptable for her to come in and talk to me while I’m changing and the same for me. Nothing we haven’t seen before