Sometimes I think we make parenting decisions for very arbitrary reasons.
Because we can. Because we are their parents and even if the rules seem crazy. Who cares.
They are usually too young to question it. And we can just use that powerful comeback when they do “BECAUSE I SAID SO!”
Anyway, when Eloise was in first grade I let her go to a Harry Potter movie with a friend and she came home and had nightmares for months so I told her “no Harry Potter books or movies until at least third grade!”
So because she is a first born and a rule follower she never even mentioned Harry Potter again until this year…when her first grade sister brought home Harry Potter checked out from the school library..and I let her first grade sister read it.
And then she was kind of like “WTF?!?”
It was then that I realized no matter how much you try to make things ‘fair’ for siblings that they will never be ‘fair’ and that the firstborn has to deal with some really stupid rules that you will let the second child break and by the time the third child is that age they will have no rules or you will be too old to care.
Anyway, all Harry Potter books have been read and movies have been watched. Amen. Even Astrid now knows he is, to which I say “WTF?!?”
So when I bought and read The Hunger Games last week I just threw it over to my nine year old Eloise to read and she was done in about three hours. SHE LOVED IT.
And I’m okay with it. The first book has no sex and no bad language. It does have violence but I don’t consider it ‘bad violence’ as in it’s not a sick person killing people for no reason. I think the book has some compelling lessons of strategy, trust, love and survival while using some very current day themes of war, the haves and have-nots, and most of all our addiction to reality TV. …cue the Dance Moms music here…
And can I just say actually reading and discussing a book with a mature topic with my daughter put me in a happy place that I cannot even describe.
It makes reading Goodnight Moon to her 17,865 times now totally worth it.
So how about you? The Hunger Games and a nine year old..crazy or perfectly fine?
..and now the big decision…can she handle the movie….