So what do you think about this decision??
Ramona Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!
I think this is so silly!
We tended to read stories like Baby Angels, Maggies Moon and Guess How Much I Love You? when she was a pre-schooler. The Classic princess stories I always ended with "then they went to the ball/prom, picked really good colleges, got really good jobs and lived happliy ever after." A bit of Mommy editing. KWIM?
We don't have a TV, so we really were able to pick and choose what dd watched. The Secret Garden and Black Beauty were her favorites. We talked about what happened to Mary's parents and how animals should be treated.
She's in second grade and was asking me about where I had lived when I was a little girl. I had moved from Cali to Georgia in third grade. I told her about how the whole playground stopped when I went over to play jumprope with the little black girls. She asked why. I told her because when I was a little girl, in the South, little white girls and little black girls didn't play together and there was something called the Civil Rights Movement going on. It turned into a teaching moment. She has attended daycare and grown-up with multi-cultural families. In Cali I had lived in a very diverse neighborhood. She thought it was really sad that I wasn't allowed to play jumprope with the little black girls. I'll introduce her to things like The Help, The Color Purple, etc. at more age appropriate times.
We have found fairytales about the Baba Yaga and VassaLisa that aren't terrifying. In fact the BabaYaga is kind of a joke in our house. We tell our bird to get in her cage at night or the Babayaga will get her. LOL! Dd has never been afraid of anything under her bed, or ghosts or the like. But we talk about any ghosts in our house being friendly, because the old couple that lived here and built the house were really nice people.
I think the only fears dd has expressed was back in Kindergarten, when she had some separation nightmares. Dreams about not being able to find me, but she even worked those out by finding a teacher or someone else she trusted. I think we can instill confidence in our kids and stories won't rock them so much. No, I won't be showing her Friday the 13th, but we read all kinds of literature to her.
We've read The Secret Garden (more than once, she loves it) Charlottes Web (she's reading it again on her own right now,) The Wizard of Oz (you know the shoes are really silver?,) The Jungle Book, Winnie The Pooh, Then I Was Six (poetry,) Short stories-
Maybe different generations? But Winnie teh Pooh, Charlottes Web, Wizard of Oz and a Secret Garden are all from my childhood. I wrote in another post that I read dd the princess stories and edited the end. The original article mentions The Lion King, which I don't consider a classic at all.