My almost 12-year-old stepdaughter likes to read my Women's Health magazines. While I'm mostly happy to loan her the back issues, there are a few articles I don't think her innocent eyes need to see. Case in point, July/August's The Art of Masturbation or, say, The Guide to your Vagina that was in an issue a few years ago.
I'm all for educating pre-teens on sex-related matters. I'd rather they ask questions in the confines of home rather than experiment in some guy's basement. On some level, it's as though Women's Health is sort of letting the parental tripod off the hook by answer questions she may not have knew she had.
But I still wonder, should I censor her reading of these magazines because they talk about matters a little above her right now? I give Women's Health credit in that it shows healthy body images and isn't a glamorous magazine. I'm comfortable with her learning about healthy portions and exercise techniques from the magazine; I just don't know if we're all ready yet for her to learn the why's and how's of the humming behind the birds and the bees.
Given I know Mom and Dad don't want her growing up too fast and we all want her to have a healthy outlook on everything, I ask, ladies, what would you do?
Would you censor the magazines all together?
Let her read them but ask her if she has any questions about what she reads?
Or wait and see if this presents a negative effect and otherwise leave it alone?