Alissa, we let Molly (our oldest) pick books that sometimes have sexual content. She really likes crime thrillers, one author in particular, and they are about FBI agents. Sex is part of the plot, but not a main theme. She says she skips over the sex parts, but she knows they are there. I think it is a great way for her to ask questions, but so far she has not asked any. She monitors what she is reading very well so I dont worry to much. She refuses to read the Twilight series, she says that the main characters relationship has 15 markers of an abusive relationship.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Not a fan of banning books of any sort. If you don't like a particular book, then you take it away from your child and you talk with your child about your family's values and offer something that you find appropriate. You don't try to take it away from everyone else, too.
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Change Black Friday into Buy Nothing Day, and don't take your credit cards to work on Cyber Monday.
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I also wouldn't give my kids erotica, lol. But I don't want to weed out anything with sexual content if the kids want to read it. I was a voracious reader as a kid -- I still am -- and I read many books beyond what was targeted towards my age. I wasn't disturbed by any adult themes, and I asked questions of my Mom if I had them, but mostly it was, as you say, a safe place to explore some of those thoughts and unlike movies, there were no visuals, which was good!
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 10 ) and Juliet ( 6 )
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What? Y'all didn't die for Flowers In The Attic?
Ha ha.....I remember "borrowing" them from my cousin who is 3 years older.
I remember reading "Just As Long As We're Together" by Judy Blume in, 4th grade I think? Nobody had sex in it but I remember portions of it talking about private parts and such. It definitely brought questions to my mom but I feel like I was ready for that then.
Mom to Elizabeth (5) and Corinne (3)
Banning books, something that opens the mind to a different world, is really a shame.