Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/05/02

The Reading Chain

Some of the comments on A Wrinkle in Time reminded me of one of my favorite things about being a mom- you get to introduce your kids to your favorite books! And then, they get to bring their favorite books to you so you get new favorites AND quality discussion with your kids. My husband and I still trade books back and forth, but there is something so fun about seeing your child tiptoe into the Misty Mountains of The Hobbit.. For my sons, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series is almost a kind of shorthand – “You know, that reminds me of the Battle Room and how Ender must’ve felt the first time he went in.” “Hey, you’re right.” That series also led straight into a discussion of the Sixties and the fallout from that decade

There are some books my daughter has wanted to read that I wanted to make sure she could handle, so discussions were a mandatory part of her reading. Which meant I had to read the books too (gosh, darn). Which is how talking about The Hunger Games led to talking about how kids could do some of those things, which led to bullying, with a stop at governmental pressures. The Percy Jackson series led to discussing different religions, and how boys can be extremely dense sometimes. Twilight (she can’t read past Eclipse yet, btw) led to a discussion of marriage, including why it was and remains so important to wait for sex til marriage, and how the world today doesn’t always see things that way. The discussion time has been absolutely priceless, for both of us, I think.

My daughter is tiptoeing into the whole love, marriage turf, which is why Georgette Heyer is on her Kindle. My daughter hasn’t checked them out yet, which works. She’s at a good age for them, though. Light romance. No sex, marriage, humor, at least one strong women character usually. And incredibly well-researched history, which my daughter loves. What I love is that the Heyer books were some of my grandmother’s favorites too. And my mom’s. And thus another link is formed on the family reading chain. Which is wonderful to me.

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Responses

  1. Its good how you use books to teach your kids lessons ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! Fiction is my sneaky way of getting info in ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It’s so nice to read about the family tradition of reading you have. ๐Ÿ™‚ I never thought about the joy of introducing my girls to some of my favourite books, now I can’t wait!
    Just stopping by from a-z.

    • It is one of the joys of parenthood! Thanks for stopping by.


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