Here at MFM HQ we read a lot in the world of parenting about the shoulds and should nots of bathing with your kids.
Celeb Stacey Solomon got slammed when she revealed she still bathed with her oldest boy who’s 9.
And Jenny Mollen divided the internet when she shared a pic of herself and her 3-year-old son showering together.
And the debate continues, this time with a post from an Australian mum (rather than a celeb) who shared a post on social media and really got people talking.
The mum, whose name has been omitted from the news sites her post was reported on, said this:
“So hubby is upset with me because I have told him that I don’t [want him to] wash our two daughters in the bath or shower.
“I just don’t feel comfortable for a man to do this.
“I just believe that girls should be getting washed by their mothers and boys get the same from their fathers.
“It’s just got to do with the fact that mum and daughters have the same parts, same goes for men and their sons.”
“People play the ‘I was molested card’ so very often these days, I just don’t want in any way to give my kids the chance to even think about that.”
First off, we have to say we don’t know the ages of her son or daughters, but as she’s not mentioned anything about the fact that they’re getting older / maybe too old for bathing with mummy or daddy, and has focused more on the different body parts, we’re guessing she wouldn’t be happy with her kids washing with the opposite-sex parent however young or old they were.
Next, we have to say, we couldn’t really find any comments that seemed to agree with this mum.
Many people wondered if she should be in a relationship with her husband at all (they thought there were trust issues) and others considered her misguided – or ‘self-righteous’.
And one person said this: “Wow – why should she feel something wrong with a man bathing his baby daughter? That is a woman with issues to be even thinking along those lines with her partner.
“Plus what about all those single dads who are bringing children up alone and doing a fantastic job? She is dangerous to her children emotionally as her outlook on men – even her own partner – is warped.
“But if she is uneasy because of something he is doing then it needs addressing.”
Another woman accused her of ‘sexualising bath time”.
What do you think?
Bath time’s a tough one and every family is different – of course there comes an age when kids want to bath or shower alone – but how does it work in your house?
How old is too old to bath with a parent? Does it make a difference if it’s mummy or daddy? Tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook