I realize that this might be a bit controversial, but my husband and I have made kind of a big decision when it comes to our kids. We’ve banned books (hopefully temporarily). Obviously, I love to read, and I feel like reading is great for adults, but lately I’ve started to worry about its effects on my kids.
Here’s the thing – we’ve noticed lately that reading has become a big issue in our house. Books have become a time suck and they’ve kind of taken over around here. The kids don’t want to do anything else, and it’s getting a little ridiculous. My husband doesn’t really like to read, and he’s been feeling a little left out when all the kids want to talk about is which cat just died in The Warriors series or whether they’re a Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor. Can he really be expected to sit through conversation after conversation about things that aren’t even real? It’s not fair to him.
Plus, these books seem to be giving the kids ideas. I never know what they’re going to think of next. Imagination is great and all, but, let’s face it, in kids it can be downright dangerous. My husband and I have gotten a little worried that we won’t be able to curb that sense of adventure, and where might that lead? Disrespect and disobedience – that’s where. Just the other day, we chastised our son for acting outside of the social norms, and he told us that he’s Divergent and can’t restrict himself to following our closed-minded rules!
We can’t have our kids living in a fantasy world, and we certainly don’t want them coming up with their own ideas and impressions of the world we live in – what if they decide we’re wrong about something? It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
So we’ve decided to nip the problem in the bud. For now, all kids books are being removed from the house. I think picture books might be okay, since they’re made for very small children and don’t have a lot of dangerous ideas in them, but just to be safe I’m getting rid of those too. I’m hoping that this is temporary, but I’m not sure when my kids will be ready for books again.
Have you ever considered the negative ramifications of reading on your kids? At what age do you think kids’ minds are ready to process the myriad of viewpoints and ideas that they may be exposed to in books? Is it fair to expect non-reading family members to sit through hours of conversations about books? What do you think?
So, now I have TONS of books in my house that I just don’t know what to do with. I considered packing them away in boxes for later, but what if the kids sneak into the boxes and read them in the middle of the night? They really can’t be trusted where books are concerned. The only sensible thing to do is to host a giveaway. I’m giving away ALL of the books in my kids’ bookcases (there has to be at least 300 of them).
I do caution you, though. Before you enter this giveaway, be sure that you understand the serious consequences of giving these books to children. Remember that your childrens’ minds are impressionable, and these books might give them ideas and expand their imaginations. They also might gain extended vocabularies and start using words against you that you don’t know. It’s a risk. Are you willing to take it?
(Make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering.)