- A mother asks whether it is okay for her to co-sleep naked with her 16-year-old son
- The internet has responded with anger, misunderstanding and even warned she could be arrested
A woman, who wanted to stay anonymous, has left the internet useder baffled and shocked after posing a bizarre question about her teenage son and her sleeping habits.
She wrote: "Is it wrong for me (a mother) to sleep naked with my 16 year old son?"
More than 500.000 people have viewed the question and the public reacted with warnings about child abuse accusations, the son's potential problems with his peers and girls; and even accussed her of incest.
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However, there were others who said they see nothing wrong in her actions and it's absolutely natural.
Here are just some of the reactions:
Gautham Pinnamareddy said: "This is a most awkward thing to do. I don't understand your intention behind sleeping with your son, naked. But, once son reaches his teens, he gets strong feelings towards girls.
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Some times he may forget you as a mother. This could leads to serious consequences which make you guilty later. Please avoid sleeping naked along with your son."
Shannon Giles warned the woman about possible consequences of mother-son too close relationship: "It may be viewed differently in other cultures, but in American society it's 'f***** up'.
If your son were to casually mention to someone (friend, teacher, relative) that you and he share a bed and that you also are naked this person could potentially cause a LOT of legal issues for you, at least here in the US.
The Child Protection Agency wouldn't think it was harmless, nor would a judge, nor any psychiatrist. You could possibly be arrested for child indecency and put into prison and be forced to register as a sex offender.
Even if it's not a sexual act, optics in this case would matter. Is it really worth all that? Just put some damn jammies on or sleep in separate rooms."
Others also assumed that the woman was not really sincere or didn't give all the details of the situation.