Went out for lunch today with three other foreign women married to Japanese men.
Four of us from four different countries.
Somehow we got onto talking about bathing (as you do over spaghetti, right?)
I was the only one who thought it was fine- dare I say it 'normal'- for kids to bathe with their parents.
I am talking about in Japan.
Girl or boy child with mother and or father.
Someone asked me would I bathe with my dad. Well, no. Apart from the fact that we wouldn't fit (no offence dad) it's not our culture.
But I do jump in the bath with the girls and every blue moon when K is home before the girls go to bed they all jump in together, too.
Hell, sometimes we even go to the onsen and jump in the big bath with all kinds of humanity.
I know I didn't always feel comfortable with this. The first time I went to an onsen I took a swimsuit. When I heard I wouldn't be wearing it I was freaked out.
That was 16 years ago. I can't remember when or how or why I changed my attitude....
But now I'm all curious about how many other people feel like me. Or not.
So, what are your feelings on bathing and have they changed?
Oh, and I may be pro-family bathing but I'm not all Japanese- I don't think I'll ever clean my husband's ears for him.