DISCUSSION| You Can't Read That!

If there is one thing I hate when being in a bookshop is seeing parents and their children and the events that somehow transpire. Now, it's not that these parents are bringing their children into a bookshop that is the cause of issue but the actions of the parents when they tell their child they can't read something.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

You're in a bookshop!

The amount of times I will walk into one of many local bookshops to see a parent telling their child:

"You can't read that. It's for a twelve-year-old."

Or

"It's for a teenager."

Or

"It's for a baby."

And on and on and on. 

Don't get me wrong, there are instances where perhaps this is the case. Yet, I still find myself getting infuriated with it. I've always believed that if you feel comfortable enough to push yourself with your reading and enjoy doing it-- why the hell shouldn't you?

As a child, my mum never gave me a limit of the books that I would use my pocket money to buy. If I wanted to be the cool nine-year-old buying a book of fairy tales, she wouldn't bat an eyelid. Or if I wanted to buy a book in the YA genre, it didn't matter to her. Because she encouraged my passion in reading and didn't want to subsidise that so I felt like I couldn't find the stuff I enjoyed. Granted, if I picked up a book like fifty shades I think then she would have had the right to step in.

What I'm trying to say is that why should you as a parent get to judge if your child is mature enough to read a certain genre or age group? As a parent you should be open and in fact encourage your child to try various things. 

I understand that sometimes it's a matter of upbringing in terms of views in cultural and religious microcosms that can mean a parent is going to say no. 


What do you believe in this little discussion of mine? Should you say no to a book when they're seven and it's aimed at eleven-year-old?

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