I am talking about a book that I found at Border's yesterday. I was in the section for young children. The target age was like 6 and under. I was picking up the "I'm a Big Brother" book by Cole for Conrey. Cassie loves the sister one and I wanted to get it for Conrey. Right now, we read it all as "I'm going to be a big brother..." He has really enjoyed it. We've already read it multiple times. If you have a little sibling coming, I recommend these books.
However, I do NOT recommend the book next to it that was called something along the lines of "There's a Baby in Mommy's Tummy" or something like that.
Where do I begin? I thought that it would be a good one to get to go along with the big sister/brother books.
Then, I started reading it.
It started out good enough...My name is Elizabeth! You can't really tell by looking, but there is a baby growing in my mommy's tummy!
I flipped a few pages and saw a questionable picture of "mommy" and "daddy" in bed with Daddy on top of mommy and, though it wasn't graphic, it was obvious that they were naked. Curious, I read something along these lines and I am NOT embellishing...in fact, I'm kind of cleaning it up:
"Sometimes Mommy and Daddy like to lay in bed together naked. They hug and kiss a lot. That makes them feel good, so they want to touch each other all over. Then, when Daddy gets really excited and can't wait any longer, he slips his
Yes, it went on from there to describe what a daddy does and how great it is, etc. etc. This is for people the age of my completely innocent daughter!!!!!!!! I was flabbergasted. I flipped back a page before and there was, complete with pictures, diagrams of male and female anatomy. There was a picture of what a daddy would look like when he's ready to make a baby (yes, you get my point) and a gynecologist's view of mommy. Seriously not joking.
I am not only disturbed by this book, but am offended that it even exists! Is this seriously the point we've come from? I feel that sex has been made very taboo and is portrayed as "wrong" among Christians via the poor light that is cast upon it. I believe that it is a huge injustice to Christian youth because it is misrepresented and very often causes confusion and issues for teens that have waited until their married feeling guilty, ashamed, etc. I think that this needs to be corrected, for sure! HOWEVER, I believe that there is a time and place for education and I do NOT think that that is preschool! Yes, there are questions about how baby got in mommy's tummy. Children are curious. Isn't there something wrong with a 4-year-old knowing that much? Doesn't that sort of TMI so early in life cause promescuity and too MUCH curiosity?
What are your thoughts. I can't get this out of my head, because it really bothers me. How do I know that school won't using something like this to teach my kindergartener? How do I know that the next door neighbor doesn't own this book and thus expose my daughter when she goes to play? I am just freaked at the moment.
Where is the value in innocence, imagination, and protection for our babies???
Oh, and if you think that I'm crazy, overacting, etc., please comment, as well. Thanks!