Would You Do the Deed with Your Kids in the Room?

A post on a popular parenting site went viral when it posed an explosive question: Is it wrong to have sex in the same room with your children?

The post was from a woman who was concerned that her friend did this regularly in the same room with her 8 and 10-year-old. The kids in question were asleep at the time, but does that make it OK? Pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann responds, “Sometimes things do happen, but generally it’s not a good idea.”

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There’s no way to be sure that the kids won’t wake up and be scared – or pick up ideas about sex and relationships you don’t want them to carry through life.

Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk agrees. Adults being intimate can make noises or facial expressions that are scary to a young child. “How could they understand?” she wonders.

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So how old is too old for kids in the bedroom? There’s no hard and fast number, but if they’re old enough to be aware of what’s going on around them – they’re old enough to be in another room while their parents enjoy some special time.

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