3. Go potty. His preference is to remove all clothing, if possible, but most importantly shoes, socks, pants, and undies. It doesn’t matter if we are at home or in a public bathroom at say, Target, where one typically likes to hurry things along to get out as soon as possible. His attitude is usually, “What’s the rush, Mom? Why not enjoy this a little? Let’s take off our shoes and socks.” He gives no explanation when asked why he prefers naked potty time. Perhaps he feels more able to heed the call of nature while in his natural state. At home he also prefers to have the lights off with the green night light on and the door halfway open for some privacy. I can only hope that such specific requirements do not stay with him beyond the toddler years. Dorm living would be tough.
2. Run around. Usually this occurs immediately after bath time. After I dry him off, he giggles and asks, “Can I run around?” by which he means, Can I run back and forth across the room naked over and over and yell “Wheeeeeee! Haha!” It is very, very difficult for me to say no to him running around naked. I think our society might be just a little bit better if there were more running around naked time at home. People would feel just a bit more free. A little happier. I watch him run around, do somersaults and downward dog without a single self-conscious moment. He is completely and totally in his body. I have alot to learn from this little master.
1. Eat. This is a puzzler. He actually seems to eat more without pants on. At one point, my husband and I had not re-dressed him yet after a naked potty time and we noticed him in his room, squatting next to a plate of snacks he had taken in there earlier. He was using his hands to eat rather than utensils ala Quest for Fire and nibbling away ferociously, kind of like a wild chimp. Given that we usually have a hard time getting him to sit and eat anything, we were thrilled he was eating, clothes or not. For such an active guy and picky eater, if he wants to recreate a scene from his feral ancestors, scurrying about foraging for food, that’s fine with us. While some parents might look at their naked little squatter with concern about social graces, my husband and I looked at each other and felt relieved. Together we had the same thought: We can place nuts and crackers strategically around the house. At least he’s eating.