In the home, the private places are:
- your child’s bedroom
- the bathroom/toilet
Public places in the home are the:
- living room
- other people’s bedrooms
- any other place in the home
These places are public because anybody can be there and you cannot control who comes and goes from the place. In the home, this might be siblings, parents and other visitors.
It is important that your child can tell the difference between public and private places in the home. While some families feel comfortable with nudity in public places of the home, this can be confusing for some children especially when they require more learning support. Children need to be able to transfer their knowledge about public and private places to different living situations, especially when they grow up and live out of home, so it’s important to make sure that public and private boundaries exist in living spaces. The intention of having clear boundaries of public and private is not to be ashamed of the body, but to set your child up for success when they get older.