This book looks colorful, light hearted and cute.
It is anything but.
Sweet Destiny came to me and told me she stopped reading this comic-style library book because it was too inappropriate.
When I asked what she meant, she told me that there was some kissing and a scene where the boy announces he is gay. She said she knew it wasn’t one she should read anymore.
I told her she did the right thing, and after she went to bed, skimmed the rest of the book myself. This comic style chapter book included several making out scenes with sound effects, the previously mentioned: “I like boys, hey I am gay” scene, followed by boy on boy kissing on the stage of a play, and then to top it all off, a red-cheeked “Where have you been for 2 hours?” walking in on them scene…..
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!
And this is a Scholastic book? And in the children’s paperback section?
I know, that not all of you reading, will understand my take on this. You will scorn me for trying to shelter my child too much. Or tell me I am disrespecting the differences in sexual orientation.
Listen up, my job as a Christian, is to raise my children via The Bible, God’s instruction book for us. It is my job then, to be diligent in protecting my children from this World.
To teach them to be IN the world, yet not of it.
That is why we don’t have cable. That is why we don’t watch regular evening tv shows with inappropriate commercials. I do NOT want them to become so used to our loud, buy it, need it, got to have it, politically correct or incorrect, sex sells everything World.
If I become lax on this, then it becomes a part of who they are, hard wired into them as “normal” everyday life. Your kids ARE their environment. It can’t be toxic!!!!!!
Satan is a sneak, even colorful cutesie paperbacks from your small town library, are not to be assumed safe anymore. I am saddened that this is occurring, and I will be returning this one to the library personally, so I can speak to the librarian about this book being in the children’s section.
I can teach my children to respect peoples differences, to hate the sin, but love the sinner, without allowing them to absorb that lifestyle in movies, reading etc. I know they will be exposed to this world we live in eventually. And that is a conversation I’d rather have with them on my own time, limiting their exposure to it, lest they began to believe that making out, gay lifestyle, or even the extreme violence that is showcased everywhere, is tolerated.
And yes to me, the making out in that book bothered me as much as the gay agenda. We are trying to teach purity of heart, mind and body…this book promoted none of these things.
I know that I cannot pre-read all 30-50 of Destiny’s library chapter books that I help her select, its just not feasible to do this every 3 weeks on library day.
I think the fact that she still knew what to do, shows that you can teach your child what to expect from the World we live in by peppering it in all your daily conversations, give instruction on the action you’d like them to take when they come across something they feel is wrong, i/e a racy picture, bad words, inappropriate actions, and come out positive in the end.
Our job is to equip our children for this World they reside in, and right now, that is done by setting boundaries and expectations for what COULD come their way. As much as I want to, I cannot hide them in a bubble. But I can make sure they are growing up in a safe, open and honest, God filled life while they are here at home with me.
So, what is your take on this as a parent?