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I’m not surprised that Gwyneth Paltrow is a hands-on parent. She seems like a lot of other working moms, trying to balance her career and still spend quality time with her kids. And in their house, some of that quality time seems to be spent in the bathtub.
Paltrow recently revealed that she and her kids, Apple, 7, and Moses, 5, "all get into the tub together" whenever she's home to help with their bedtime routine, according to Harper’s Bazaar.
She says that she and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin trade off parenting duties like taking the kids to school, but making dinner and baths are tasks she likes to do herself. We know Paltrow loves being a mom, and her website, Goop, definitely reflects that. But aren't her kids getting a little old for the family tub?
Experts say that by the time kids reach preschool, parents should back off of group bathing, particularly when kids begin to notice body parts. It reinforces that some areas of our bodies are private and not to be shared with other people, pediatrician and Toddler 411 author Ari Brown, M.D., told iVillage. This is especially true for parents of the opposite gender from their kids.
I’m not going to say I’ve never showered with my kids (rinsing off after the pool comes to mind), but as they get older they are definitely more curious about the differences between my body and theirs. I'm not sure I can see hopping into the family tub at this point, but then again, I don't go into hair and makeup after the AM school run, so we're a little different.