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September 17th, 2013 08:35 AM #6
Last edited by sodallas3; September 17th, 2013 at 08:37 AM.'Jessie' Jessica Emily Faith
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September 17th, 2013 09:14 AM #8Senior Member
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My mother and father both read aloud to all of us kids. We would all sit together as a family and listen. All of us kids loved it. My mother read us the Little House on the Prairie series three times over (once for each child) and my father read us The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. There were many of the above mentioned as well.
I remember really liking when books felt "real" as a small child. I read once that fairy tales help children make sense out of a very dark and often nonsensical world. I think that is true. As with anything, I think it's important to stop and discuss what you are reading. When scary things happen, it's good to work through them with your children rather than leaving them to wonder. That is not to say that they need to watch the nightly news with us or that we shouldn't shield them from the world of adults.
September 17th, 2013 10:36 AM #10Senior Member
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I also think violence in books is quite different than in films. Reading a description of a fist fight is really different than seeing footage of someone getting hit, reading about a gun going off is much different than hearing a gunshot, etc.
I don't think I'll avoid many children's books with my daughter because of themes. Unless a particular theme or story seems to bother her. If a child appears disturbed or fearful or begins obsessing over the theme, it's definitely best to wait until they're older.
I also took a course on fairy tales, and learned many old stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood, were designed in order to scare children, and basically terrify them out of talking to strangers, venturing into the woods, etc.
That's why many of the tales are so dark and disturbing, and scaring young children was the goal behind that.Lillian Elizabeth 6.16.13
September 17th, 2013 11:49 AM #12
I think it depends on your child as to when you introduce them. I'm planning on reading classic novels to my daughter as soon as she's old enough to be interested. I think all of those books are appropriate for school aged children. I'm not too worried about the fact that there are "mature" or "dark" themes in some books (unless she becomes fearful, of course). For one thing, kids don't necessarily pick up on all the themes in a story. There have been many books, movies, and television shows that I reread/watched as an adult and went, "Wait, that's what this story was about?!" I had no clue when I was kid. Also, I just don't believe every story needs to be happy. In fact, you don't even have a story without some sort of conflict. Letting kids experience sadness, disappointment, frustration, etc. through a character in a story is healthy, I think. We can't shelter our kids from all the "bad" things in life, so giving them an opportunity to hear about different types of situations and how someone might work through them can help them when "bad" things inevitably happen in their life. It's a good way to open up a dialogue about difficult subjects like that. I mean, I understand people's desire to shelter their kids and "keep them innocent", but I just don't think it's wise to try to hide from them things that are facts of life. They're going to face them one day, it's our job as parents to prepare them. I've known parents who didn't want their child to hear Charlotte's Web because of the death theme. And parents who don't want their child exposed to certain books/movies because the characters' actions might encourage disobedience or mischief. I think that's totally absurd.Mommy to...Maura Lucille and "Baby Patrick" due April 8th!
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September 17th, 2013 12:51 PM #14
I was also read "real" books as a child, even if they go completely over the little one's head now, it's just fun to hear a parent read aloud and will certainly make them want to revisit classics later on!
Some overlap, but some I remember reading very early...
Little House on the Prairie (all except Farmer Boy, I wasn't at all interested in Farmer Boy)
Little Women (I don't know how she did it without my noticing, but my mother skipped the whole Beth dying part)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle series
The Wizard of Oz
The Cricket in Times Square
Sarah, Plain and Tall
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