I am 33 years old and was recently talking to a few of my buddies about hanging out with my dad when I was a boy and mentioned that my Dad and I were frequently wearing just our tighty whities around the house when I was growing up and how we hung out that way, often together, watching TV, and stuff like that. Nothing sexual in nature, just hanging out. One of my buddies, who has sons that are 4 and 6 years old, said that he wouldn't hang out, or allow his boys to see him in his underwear and said it would be weird for him to just walk around in his briefs in front of his sons at any age. Is it normal for a dad and son to feel comfortable hanging out together or walking around in just their underwear or is my buddy's philosophy considered normal? 

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I don't see any reason why it should be weird for a young son and his father to lounge around in their underwear, especially it it's somewhere where it's hot. No reason why it should be weird to see your father semi-undressed. 

+1. It was normal in my family to lounge around the house in our undies at all times of the day.

Don't know. I'm a PJs' kinda guy myself

I have a 3 year old son, too.... And it´s one of the most normal things in life to see each other at your family in just your underwear. Why not?

During summertime I´m doing yard work, lawn care and construction shirtless, too, if it´s very hot while my family is running around. Can´t see a problem while doping it.

What people are comfortable with changes.  Skinny-dipping is now racy but used to be down-home bucolic cute (see Tom Sawyer; Rockwell's painting "No Swimming").  Your friend had a more modest experience.  I suspect your friend's attitude is more common now than 30 years ago, but it's still hard for me to believe it's mainstream.

Cartoon sums up how attitudes differ on this:  http://theoatmeal.com/pl/minor_differences2/locker_room.  SFW or NSFW is sort of what we're talking about.  

That was a great illustration. My generation is in between the two (some are comfortable some are not). I for one don't mind nudity with other males.

For a moment there I thought the 3 workmen were in their tighty whities in the shower.. and it wasn't the best mental image so I'm relieved it was just the client!

Definitely seems that way, personally I can't wait until I'm at the age when it's deemed acceptable 

If I could, I would. I'd be straight out of London relaxing in my undies if possible!

I must say that although it would not have been usual for my father to wander around in his underwear i often saw him with or without it. We ofen went swimming when i was young with my father and we would all be naked. We had household staff so we did not appear undressed about the house. On the other hand I do not recall ever seeing my mother in her underwear.

I assume you're not the mans son. Ergo, he's a crazy old guy who thinks workmen aren't 'guests' in your house and completely okay to receive in his tighty whities. Did he have pigs-in-a-blanket for breakfast?

We always hung out around the house in our skivvies when I was growing up. We still do; my sons sit around in their underwear until they're ready to go outside and play and shed their clothes as soon as they come back inside. Now that my father is older and more sensitive to temperature changes, he's taken to putting on a robe when he's relaxing.

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