“A Note on Children’s Reading” by me.
When it comes to what children read, it shouldn’t be just about getting children/tweens/teens to read, no matter what a book’s about, it’s about getting children to read good books, books that teach about objective morals/values/ethics, purpose in life, courage/bravery/valor, through the medium of fiction or fantasy in written form, to influence the new generation in a positive way, not to just write a story where the characters do what feels right to them at some moment but to do what’s right even when there’s a high cost to self involved, to teach about love that Christ spoke of in John 15:13 as well as love between an and woman, parents and children, real love and not lust or selfishness pretending to be love.
These are the things that should be praised in a story, what the main and secondary characters should be an example of, they should follow objective moral standards and not moral relativism, and even if they are treated wrong when they do right, the lesson must be that doing good, doing the right thing is more important than trying to escape pain when doing good. Such books have a lasting impact on the minds and hearts of a new generation, for they teach and encourage following objective morality, not doing ‘what feels right’ one moment but may change the next.
Expedience leads down a dark road and leaves behind many ruined relationships and is a practice of unstable living.
All children deserve to be taught truth and not lies, virtues and not vices, love and not selfishness, righteousness and not unrighteousness. Fantasy/fiction books without these things fall short of being good for children and are lacking in key aspects of good fantasy/fiction literature, and while they may entertain children for a little while, they serve no greater purpose, or rather, no good lasing purpose in positively shaping the child’s thinking concerning the important things in life.
Therefore, parents who just give their children any book they find that may look like something the child will read aren’t being prudent, they’re not being discerning, they’re not wisely choosing what their kids read, they most often pretty much exclude themselves from the process of book-selecting, that is, they tell their child that they should read whatever they find interesting even if it’s not recommended for their age, this isn’t all parents but enough to be a problem that requires attention.
To be so careless in allowing your own children to read whatever as long as they keep reading is not wise parenting, obviously. More thought must be put into this process.
Christian parents should lovingly and discerningly give their children books which they themselves have read or at least read reviews about and found it to be a book that can have a positive influence upon the child, teach something, encourage virtues, present to the child not just a fun story that doesn’t have really any purpose other than entertainment.
This sort of filtering process isn’t some arbitrary method of restricting the child’s choices to only what the parent approves, though it may seem like it to some. This is simple reasonable Christian parenting, protecting their child from things which clearly teach and propagate things contrary to Christianity, moral objectivity, laudable actions, virtues, qualities worth imitating, lessons worth learning.
This is my opinion on the matter, but it’s not one I’ve made up subjectively, it’s one that corresponds to a reasonable Christian view shared by plenty, and one that reflects what I’ve learned on this important matter over the years. I’m not a parent but one need not be one to hold views which are sound and are held by many parents who have learned how to wisely guide their children in the experience of reading books.
These views may not be held by all those who may read them but I thought I’d share my opinions, my thoughts, which reflect others’ views also which I agree with, specifically a Christian view of reading choices that should allowed by and encouraged for children/tweens/teens to choose.
“A Note on Children’s Reading” by me.