Sunday, July 25, 2010
Discussion: The Trouble With Boys
There are so many things I love about having a son. In fact, I was rather relieved when I found out he was going to be a "he". I'm not good with high-pitched voices, pink or gossip. I was deathly afraid of having a child who wanted to be a cheerleader. (I guess I still am!) I didn't want the stress of letting my little girl start dating. However, the one thing I'm most scared about is not being able to share some of my favorite books with my child.
I have tried to get in some of the more neutral "girly" books before Z's too old to have a strong gender bias. We've enjoyed Pippi Longstocking and Madeline and a few others. But what happens when he's a little older? I probably won't have trouble getting him to read Harry Potter or the Benedict Society books but I might have a hard time getting him to try Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. What is the chance that he will try Pride and Prejudice?
Do any of you have the same dilemma? Do you try to get your child to read books that might not be the norm for their age or sex? And if you don't have kids yet, what are your plans for sharing everything you love with them?
Taking it in stride,