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Title: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 07:54:31 AM
I never gave much thought to setting up a swimming pool in the backyard for the kids (2-11); it seemed to be a good solution to the impurity at beaches and public pools.

But now I am wondering about the modesty of their attire:  certainly the boys would not go shirtless, but can they wear swim trunks, or must I send them into the pool wearing jeans!?  

Do the modesty laws which prevent men from wearing shorts also prevent children from wearing them?

Should we just forget about the pool altogether, or is there some kind of solution?

Don’t want to be scrupulous, but don’t want to sin.
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 07:56:56 AM
PS: Only our neighbors on left/right would be able to see the children.
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 07:58:12 AM
I think having your own pool is great for your family.  For modesty and protection from too much sun, men and boys should wear swim shorts and swim t shirt or long sleeve. 
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 08:02:31 AM
You can put up fencing or shrubs for privacy from neighbors.  
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 08:07:05 AM
We don't have a pool, but we do let our children run through the sprinkler on occasion.  What we do: cut off jeans and t-shirts for boys, regular clothes for the girls (since they wear skirts all year round anyway, but in summer they're just below the knees).  The issue of adolescence hasn't come up yet; but in the next year or two I'll have to figure out about the girl situation.  Am giving that one some thought!   
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 08:07:43 AM
When I say cut-off jeans, they're right at knee level--where there knee holes were!   ;D
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: MiserereMei on July 01, 2019, 12:17:16 PM
Use your good judgement for this particular situation but don't fall in the trap of puritanism. Examples of adult men attire where they show their knees for generations and not considered inmodest are kilts in Scotland and lederhosen in the Tyrol (Austria).  :)
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: forlorn on July 01, 2019, 01:20:43 PM
Wait, shorts are immodest? 
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 02:06:02 PM
Don't forget the bathing caps for the girls. lol
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: ByzCat3000 on July 01, 2019, 02:29:28 PM
Wait, shorts are immodest?
I'm not really shocked that some people think so/
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 03:15:24 PM
The Society of St. John was very much against “Puritanism.”
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 03:23:34 PM
The cries of “Puritanism” are the refuge of every moral libertine.
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 01, 2019, 04:28:59 PM
Maybe we should do like the old days and have bathing houses.... :laugh1:
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Nadir on July 02, 2019, 12:51:15 AM
PS: Only our neighbors on left/right would be able to see the children.
Are you sure they won't be scandalised by seeing 2 to 11 years olds in neck to knees? ;)
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: SusanneT on July 02, 2019, 04:59:27 AM
We don't have a pool, but we do let our children run through the sprinkler on occasion.  What we do: cut off jeans and t-shirts for boys, regular clothes for the girls (since they wear skirts all year round anyway, but in summer they're just below the knees).  The issue of adolescence hasn't come up yet; but in the next year or two I'll have to figure out about the girl situation.  Am giving that one some thought!   .
Sadly no pool but we do the same !
Boys shorts (hopefully not considered too scandalous) and tee shirts, girls in swimsuits (with a skirt) or dresses.
Agreed it would become more difficult as adolescence approaches but I suspect the days of running through the sprinkler will be over by then !
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 02, 2019, 03:13:49 PM
Remember people, modesty=1940s fashion
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Nadir on July 02, 2019, 05:28:17 PM
Swimwear in the 40's was far from modest from the point of view of most posters here. 
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: SusanneT on July 02, 2019, 05:31:17 PM
Swimwear in the 40's was far from modest from the point of view of most posters here.
Agreed and women / girls clothes much more feminine. 
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 03, 2019, 12:41:18 PM
Swimwear in the 40's was far from modest from the point of view of most posters here.
You'd have to go back to before like 1920 to find modest fashions in the USA. Our Lady at Fatima said   "Certain fashions will be introduced
that will offend Our Lord very much” ,  and happened as she said. Just look at newsreels and movies after the 1920's and you'll see immodest clothes some of which people wouldn't even wear today. They had bikinis in the 1940's.
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 03, 2019, 01:51:10 PM
The 20s are no good either, 1620s, maybe 1720s, but not 18 or 1920s.

Best to wear a burlap bag over your clothes with eye hole cut-outs and go no deeper into the water then knee high.  :jester:

Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: forlorn on July 03, 2019, 08:28:09 PM
The 20s are no good either, 1620s, maybe 1720s, but not 18 or 1920s.

Best to wear a burlap bag over your clothes with eye hole cut-outs and go no deeper into the water then knee high.  :jester:
Haha, very funny. Now, are you going to state your own opinions or just cowardly anonymously mock others without risking critique of your own views? 
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 03, 2019, 08:29:24 PM
 :heretic:Ye Godly folk, dost thou not knowest that those who swimmeth are possessed of the devil, and must be burned as witches?

Woe to those who encourage such vices!  
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 03, 2019, 09:30:36 PM
Haha, very funny. Now, are you going to state your own opinions or just cowardly anonymously mock others without risking critique of your own views?
It’s Incredulous. Lol
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: Anonymous on July 03, 2019, 10:05:40 PM
:heretic:Ye Godly folk, dost thou not knowest that those who swimmeth are possessed of the devil, and must be burned as witches?

Woe to those who encourage such vices!  
Is that you, Fr. Urritogoity?
Title: Re: Children swimming/modesty laws
Post by: ByzCat3000 on July 03, 2019, 11:24:10 PM
Haha, very funny. Now, are you going to state your own opinions or just cowardly anonymously mock others without risking critique of your own views?
This is why I almost never post annonymously lol