I love this. Why? Because while parts of our society have banned books from schools my children can pick up any book of my shelf and read it as they please. Would society consider all my book’s age appropriate for my children. Nope, not a doubt in my mind there are people who would disagree with me allowing them to read an adult novel.
Let me tell you about my bookshelf it varies with its genre, they are all mixed up as well. I have books the range from children to erotica.
Let me tell you about my children. They range from toddler to tween. Only two of my four kids know how to read. The oldest two are required by me to read at a minimum of twenty minutes a day. My oldest two children are also responsible for the majority of my Instagram photos. They read my books. They enjoy my books.
There will probably be at least one person who is rolling their eyes and talking poorly on my parenting decision of this matter.
But, I don’t want to tell them they can’t read a book because of their age. More importantly because of its contents.
Now here’s the real kicker. They have yet to read any adult rated novel. They have picked them up. They have asked what the book is about. They have asked if there is sex in. They have put the book down.
My oldest daughter is a huge Twilight fan. She has the movies, posters, clothes and even is the owner of the complete series (she bought herself at a book sale, I am not a fan of Twilight). She however has not read them. I asked her why. She simply stated I’m saving them for when I reach that reading level. It has nothing to do with the content of the books. It’s simply she knows she not at that ability to fully understand what she is reading. She usually picks books that are young teen novels, (which are usually clean).
My son (my soon to be teenager), is a huge sucker for romance novel. You read that right romance novels (Mostly YA). Currently he is reading Gianna Gabriela’s , Better With You. That kids a real smooth talker. He has picked up EL James’ Grey. Asked what it was about and put it down.
Anyways a very long-winded statement later. Teaching your children to self-censor just with books will teach them to do that in every aspect of their lives. That is why I don’t censor what books my children read.