A concerned new mom writes:
Dear Dr. Phil,
"That is a legitimate concern. The truth is, in cultures all over the world, there is a lot more nudity than there is in America," Dr. Phil says. "But the problem is, you don't live somewhere else around the world."
"No," she says.
"One of the things that we have to do as parents is to socialize our children to the point that they kind of know what the social rules are. They know what the expectations are, and they have respect for the boundaries and privacy that other people are going to experience when they're out there," Dr. Phil says. "As she gets old enough to start noticing the difference between guys and girls, then that's going to be a point of discomfort for her."
"There's is nothing really unhealthy about nudity. Research tells us that these people are more comfortable without clothes, and they're often quite peaceful and pleasant in their experience without clothes. But you have to look at the socialization on your daughter," Dr. Phil advises. "I think it's really important that he kind of start respecting those boundaries, so she doesn't have a problem getting into the flow of mainstream society."