Man, I’m starting to wonder why the Motherlode blog at the Times has such a jones against reading. After the blog’s weird snark toward RIF and McDonald’s, Motherlode then published a piece by the novelist Lynn Messina, in which she admits to dumbing down the Harry Potter series so that it won’t disturb her 5-year-old. But wait! There’s more! Messina even censors children’s books–for example, a scene in Pinkalicious where a character has an aversion to vegetables.
Argh. Let’s not overcomplicate this, Motherlode. Here are the steps that you seem to misunderstand:
- Get books for your kids.
- Read to your kids.
- Let them read what they want.
- Trust your children.
- Help them develop bullshit detectors. Worried about product placement in McDonald’s RIF books? Help them spot it and learn from it.
- Help them develop their own sense of morality. Johnny isn’t going to stop eating vegetables just because a character in Pinkalicious thinks they’re icky.