Dear Mouthy Housewives,
My 10 year-old daughter is begging me to see “New Moon.” It’s rated PG-13, but is there any reason that I shouldn’t let her? She says that all her friends have already seen it and she feels left out.
Dear Old Mom,
Well, if she says that all her friends have already seen it, I don’t see that you have much of a choice. In our house we have a rule–if I hear the “everyone’s doing it” line, my answer to whatever request they have is an automatic “no.” Okay, so it backfired bigtime when I wouldn’t let them get the swine flu vaccine recently, but otherwise this method is pretty much fool-proof.
Because your daughter is entering a phase where peer pressure will become a lot more intense (don’t worry, it will only last thirty more years!), I think it’s important to address the entire “but everyone else is doing it” phenomenon head on. Let her know that every family has different values and that you will not be swayed by another family’s decisions. Throw in the whole “if your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump too?” argument for good ole times’ sake.
As for whether New Moon is age appropriate for your daughter? Only you and her father can make that decision. From what I know about the series it’s about obsessive love with a vampire, so in my book the appropriate age for that is approximately 68. But I have found this website extremely helpful in deciding what movies my kids can see. You have to register to use it, but it takes a minute and it’s free.
If you decide that your daughter is simply too young, tell her. She should know that it’s your job to protect her from things that may be frightening and not age appropriate. She doesn’t have to like it. No child has ever thanked their parent in real time for setting boundaries.
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