My six-year old son LOVES “scary” stuff: gory Halloween decorations, the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, books about monsters and werewolves. He recently confessed, however, that he has trouble falling asleep at night, in part, because he’s finding some of these images that he seemingly enjoys too frightening.
I realize this is a really subjective question, but I’m curious how others draw the lines for exposing these types of things to their kids. I think I’m having a hard time, particularly when it comes to censoring his selection of books, because scary subjects seem to be one of the few things about which he really gets excited.
Here’s one book he was eager to check out at the library. It seemed innocuous enough to me, but my wife gave me the stink-eye. Later that night, he told me I should take it out of his room. Fast-forward a few days and he wants to take it to school to share with his friends.
Part of me thinks it’s OK for him to be scared and that he needs to figure out his own boundaries. Then again, I’m not about to let him watch Friday the 13th any time soon, and I really wouldn’t mind if he stopped insisting that he needs someone to sleep with him.