Sunday Confessions May 22, 2010
This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate.
I'm am so happy to have Momo from Books Over Boys here to help me with today's topic. Today's topic is How do you feel about parents who monitor their children's reading. I'm a parent of two elementary aged kids and I wanted to get a teenagers perspective on this subject also. So whether you agree or disagree, remember to be polite. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
This is what Momo has to say on the subject:
Do your parents monitor your reading?
- My parents do not monitor my reading. But they think that I read too much and I'm just like, "WHAT?!" LOL
- At my age, I'm feeling alright with it. I think I am old enough to decide what is and isn't appropriate for me to read; what I'm comfortable with reading and such. And I mean, I'm reading - that's got to be a plus for any parents? Right? Right?!
- I just want parents to know that there's definitely a difference in age, even if it's only by two or three years. For example, my niece is in 7th grade, that's what? 12 years old? And sometimes I even try to monitor what she reads. LOL! I guess when your kid picks up a book, take a look at it, see what the back summary says - try to get a feel for the book.; see if it's an adult book or just perfect or...yeah! I mean reading is anything but bad, but that's coming from an avid reader, aha! ;)
Momo, if my kids read as much as you do I would probably be doing cartwheels in the kitchen. As a parent, I do monitor what my kids are reading. As I mentioned before they are both in elementary school and I want to make sure the books they are reading are age appropriate. As they get older I think I will continue to monitor what they read. Not so much like censorship but more about being aware of what their interests are. However if I did see them reading a book that I didn't think would be appropriate for their age (example reading a PNR such as Kresley Cole at age 14), I would definitely step in. I've read a few YA books last year that I thought had a very mature story line. I would not have been comfortable recommending said book to younger teens. I agree with Momo that parents should read the blurb on the back of the book. Maybe even read the book with your kids and have a conversation about the tougher subjects.
Tell me how you feel on this subject: Do your parents monitor what you read? How do you feel about it? If you're a parent what are your views on this subject? If you answer this question on your own blog, please leave a link in the comments so I can come visit. Thank you again, Momo, for stopping by today. Please make sure to stop by her blog or tweet her to say hello. She's awesome.