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Gwyneth Paltrow's Family Dinner and Bath Time

A family that bathes together stays together? I was so mesmerized by the images of an immaculately toned and coiffed Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover of Harper's Bazaar this week that I barely noticed her quotes about family life inside the Paltrow-Martin household in London. Within the article, the mom-of-two describes her family's evening routine and it seems that many mamas are taking issue with it. According to the magazine:

But it's Gwyneth who gives the children their bath—"we all get into the tub together"—and she's the one who cooks dinner for them before Apple and Moses go to bed at 8:00. It's a family dinner, unless she goes out with Chris to eat at her favorite Japanese restaurants in London or for seafood at the members-only Arts Club.

The issue is not that Gwyneth actually cooks her kids meals, but that she and the kids — Apple, 7, and Moses, 5 — all bathe together. There's no clear-cut answer as to when parents should stop bathing with their kids, or even when they should cover up in front of them. Tori Spelling recently wondered aloud if she needed to stop changing in front of her kids after her son commented on her rear end.

What do you think? Is there a specific age when mom needs to get out of her tots' bath?

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Jeanmg63 Jeanmg63 4 years
I don't have an issue with her bathing or being naked around her kids. As long as they are all comfortable then fine. It really isn't my business to judge her even if she did say it in an article. I do think that soon enough the kids probably will not be comfortable naked around each other. She might as well enjoy the time she has with them now were they aren't jaded and judgemental about things even bath time!
lickety-split lickety-split 4 years
her kids are old enough that they need to be taking showers to get rid of the dirt. that they are all soaking in a tub of each others sweat etc., is odd to me. how clean are any of them when they get out? my kids were taught about privacy early on. privacy is not the same thing as secret. you are private about certain things, such as grooming. her son is small enough that i wouldn't think much of her showering with him, but her daughter is probably getting to the age where the child might prefer to have the option of showering with her mom in the bathroom, but not actually IN the shower.
danaruth danaruth 4 years
Either my husband or I take a shower with my three year-old daughter every night. She likes it, it's a lot easier than the bath, and so far, it's not an issue. She knows the proper words for anatomy, she sees me nursing her baby sister, and like I said, so far, there's no problem. Maybe when my girls are older it will be, but for now, it's just shower time, not something sexual or uncomfortable. The fact that Gwyneth Paltrow takes (and enjoys!) the time to bathe and cook for her children should be commended, not questioned.
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