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
How do you feel about it?
  • 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?!
Is there anything you would like parents to know?
  • 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. 


  1. Awh! Thank you Marcie for letting me participate in this week's Sunday Confessions! :)

    Can't wait to read everyone's responses!


  2. My parents don't monitor everything I read, they didn't really before excepting the fact that they were the ones to buy my books so I think they did in some sense, but as I read so much they couldn't monitor evey sigle book. Allthough when I was younger my mum had a cabinet with forbbiden books, it was locked. But I learned how to open it and read some of them, after reading It by Stephen King and The Silence of the Lambs when I was 7 or 8 I stopped trying to read the books in the cabinet. Sometimes parents do know best.
    Now I try to monitor what my younger brother reads just to make sure he doesn't get traumatized like I did^^

  3. I am so glad I found this meme. I love it. Here is my first Sunday Confessions

  4. Hi Marcie..Just found your blog via Senora G and so glad I did...Love it!!! Am your newest follower and look forward to all your future postings.
    Cheryl "Mash"

  5. @Melissa,
    Yikes! Stephen King? I would have had nightmares for years. LOL It's great that you read a lot and also look out for your little brother. Sometimes parents do know best. (Just don't tell my mom I said that)

    @CMash, I'm so glad you came by today and decided to stick around :D

  6. While I'm not a parent or a child living with my parents, I can definitely say that parents should monitor what their kids are reading. I have always been a big reader growing up, and I ended up reading books that were certainly inappropriate for my age group, because my reading was not monitored very well. While reading is something precious that parents should encourage, I also think that it can be detrimental to their worldview if they encounter things that they are not ready for!

    I had a friend in high school that wasn't allowed to read any new books before his father read it first. While that sounded totally barbaric to me at the time (and still does, frankly), I can now see where that parent was coming from. It can be very difficult to tell from the back cover of a book if there is overt sex, swearing, or violence in the book!

    Sorry this is so long-winded, but thanks for the interesting topic! :)

    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines

  7. Tevya was quite opinionated on this topic, lol.

    Reading Lark's Confession

  8. I added u, pls add me back, im having Independence giveaway, free stuff, thanks!


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