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Should my son be allowed to stay shirtless?

At the start of July, my ten year old son went to stay with some relatives in their summer home for about six weeks. Unknown to me however, they let their boy run around shirtless all summer long. Until this summer, my son had only gone shirtless at the pool or the beach. When my son got to our relatives, they apparently encouraged him to go shirtless as well, without consulting me mind you. He says he thought it was strange at first, but wanting to be a polite house guest he conformed to their wishes, and after a couple of days he says it felt normal. A week ago they bring him back to me half naked and tanner than I've ever seen him. He's grown very fond of this 'lifestyle' and insists that he'll only wear a shirt for school and the like. Even though I don't think it's appropriate, his father doesn't have a problem with it and says I'm being too uptight. So far I've been tolerating the situation, but I would like some advise.

Are you

90% (619) Male
9% (64) Female

683 voters have answered this question.

Are you a

29% (203) Child
31% (215) Adult without children
39% (268) Parent

686 voters have answered this question.

When should my son be allowed to be shirtless?

0% (2) Never
5% (41) At the beach and pool, like a normal boy
5% (35) Only at home
4% (30) Outside
84% (578) Whenever he wants

686 voters have answered this question.

If you are a parent of any boys, when do you allow them to be shirtless?

0% (2) Never
5% (27) At the beach and pool, like normal boys
6% (32) Only at home
6% (29) Outside
81% (386) Whenever possible

476 voters have answered this question.

If you are an adult when did you, or boys you knew, go shirtless as children?

1% (6) Never
11% (65) At the beach and pool
5% (32) Only at home
8% (52) Outside
73% (426) Whenever possible

581 voters have answered this question.

If you are a boy now, when do your parents/guardians allow you to go shirtless?

0% (3) Never
14% (59) At the beach and pool
8% (32) Only at home
7% (30) Outside
68% (274) Whenever possible

398 voters have answered this question.

Is my son in any danger from not wearing shirts?

1% (7) Yes, pedophiles are everywhere
4% (31) Yes, he'll get skin cancer
3% (21) Yes, people will think he's a freak
91% (618) No, it's perfectly innocent.

677 voters have answered this question.

Should I just make my son wear a shirt?

7% (53) Yes, you're his mother.
92% (617) No, he'll resent you. You need to respect his wishes.

670 voters have answered this question.

Finally, any thoughts anyone has on this issue will be appreciated.

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705 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2011-08-23 01:05:02 by Vmom
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