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Attempting to keep up with my teen readers — FranklyStein

A few summers ago my oldest daughter wanted to read “Twilight,” the young adult vampire romance novel that all her friends were reading. At the time she was 12, and I was hesitant, so I decided to read the book too.

She stalled about halfway through the first book, but I finished the series. I was so glad I read the books because when she picked it up again a few months later, we had conversations about the characters and themes in the book. I also decided not to let her read past the second book in the series because it was too mature for her.

These days when we go to the library, my daughters — 14 and 16 — head straight for the young adult section. They pick out stacks of books that I just hope aren’t too advanced for them. At this point, I couldn’t possibly keep up with their reading since I tend to fall asleep after a couple of pages each night.

It’s hard as a parent to make sure your kids aren’t reading books that are inappropriate for them. I definitely read books when I was a tween that were over my head. You can’t “unread” things, and I have images lingering in my head to this day from some of the trashy books I read as a tween. I had no idea what incest was until I read “Flowers in the Attic” in seventh grade.

If you want some great ideas for books for your tweens to read this summer summer, or you want tips for keeping on top of what they are reading, check out our story Keeping tabs on tween readers. The article offers some suggestions on how to make sure your kids read books that are right for them and steer clear of the ones that aren’t. It also lists books by age level that your kids might want to delve into this summer.

I was glad to find out about websites where I can check out some of the books my kids are checking out. So far, they’ve been pretty good about putting books aside that seem inappropriate. Maggie stopped reading a book not too long ago that went a little too far in the intimacy department. I was proud of her for knowing when to stop.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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