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Mother Who Still Bathes With Her Pre-Teen Sons Sparks A Social Media Debate

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At what age do we let our kids do daily tasks on their own? That's an answer that every mother will answer differently.

There are some things that parents do or are accused of that will simply shock you.

For example, the mother who was accused by her own mother for "abusing" her son for breastfeeding and sleeping beside him is just downright ridiculous.

The grandmother said that her daughter needs to "separate" herself from her grandson because it's "abusive to keep him relying" on her.

Her little boy is only 11 months old, and requires the affection and nutrition that only his beloved mother can provide!

We can wrap our heads around a toddler being dependent on their mother since they're still young and need a lot of guidance to learn how to navigate this world, but this next story is definitely an eyebrow raiser.

Lauren Libbert is defending her family tradition of bathing with her 10 and 11-year-old sons, saying that there's "nothing to be ashamed of" and that we need to be more "open with our children."

Not everyone likes her idea of "openness," but first let's hear her out:

"If they're happy with it, we'll have a bath together maybe once a week. It's something we all enjoy," she told This Morning when asked whether it's okay to be nude around your kids.

Lauren said this was the way she grew up, where bath-time was an opportunity to spend more time with her mother.

"It's something that we do in the house that's very normal. I think it's really natural. What can be more natural than being naked in the privacy of your own home," she continued.

While we have no idea what Lauren's preteen boys think of this, Lauren said they're fine with it.

"I've a tiny bathroom but we'll all scooch together and have a bath together and my boys are very comfortable with them being naked and me being naked," she revealed.

The Debate

Most people listening in to the live show were absolutely appalled by this, but some people thought this debate was being "over-sexualized."

"It is natural, she is doing no harm and her boys are comfortable with it," wrote one Twitter user.

Life coach Ben Edwards appeared on The Morning to explain why he thinks parents should never be naked around their children.

"Being naked so openly, it's more about the confusion that could lead on from that."

Some people think it's okay to be naked around your children, but bathing with them at a prepubescent age is just wrong.

"These poor boys will undoubtedly be taunted in school now after their mother revealing this to the nation. Bad parenting in my opinion," wrote another user.

And others pointed out that if the genders were reversed, more people would be divided on this issue.

"I bet the poll would be reversed if he, a dad, bathed with his 12-year-old daughters," wrote a Twitter user. "It's such double standards."

Drawing The Line

Everybody seems to have their own ideas on parenting, especially when it comes to controversial subjects like this one.

Perhaps the most shocking of her statements was this one: "It's interesting to hear all that as my boys have definitely become more intrigued with my body as they’ve grown older; there’s more pointing and snickering and they ask lots more questions."

People are not sure if that's a good thing, but Lauren concluded the segment on a more positive note.

"If they start to have issues with being naked, I will take their lead. We’re all comfortable about this," she said. "I grew up in this environment and I was doing this past puberty but I think it's made me more comfortable in my own skin, and isn't that an amazing gift to be able to give to your children if one can be?"

At what age did you stop bathing with your children? Do you think Lauren is in the wrong?

[Source: Mirror/Mail]

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.