When I created my blog, all my daughters wanted to follow it. I didn't stop to consider whether the posts I was planning on writing would be suitable reading for children. I just said, "Of course you can follow me!" I was grateful for their support.
I have gained a few other young followers along the way, and I think this is very special. I have young readers I never expected to have. But now I am wondering whether some of my blog posts actually need to be preceded by a warning:
contains adult themes
During the April blogging challenge, my girls were eager to read my daily posts. I was just as eager to read theirs. Then one day, Gemma-Rose asked, “Is today’s post one of your grief ones?” I replied it wasn’t. "Oh good! I don't like the sad ones.” Gemma-Rose is only 9, and isn't ready to read all my posts.
But some of my older children, do read all my stories, regardless of topic. I'm sure they have learnt a lot about my life, and all I have experienced, by sharing my posts. They read things I wouldn’t normally find the words to tell them in a conversation. I think this is good. Compared to me at a similar age, they have a real head start when it comes to working out what life is really all about. My children know that life isn’t always easy, and that we will inevitably encounter suffering. In particular, they have seen miscarriage and child loss through my eyes, and have felt my grief. However, they are also aware that suffering has meaning. They know about hope and love, and God’s perfect plan for our lives. I have been able to share all this with them through my writing.
But what about other young readers from outside my family? Are my posts suitable reading? Perhaps younger people just skip over the posts which don’t seem very relevant to their stage of life? But if they do read them, do you as parents think this is okay? How about teenagers?
If you are a young person reading my blog I’d love to hear what you think about my stories.
So should I add a warning to some of my posts?
Sad story ahead. Contains adult themes.
If any bloggers have come across this situation, It would be great to hear your thoughts.