I was in the children's section of the library today.
There was a mother in there with three children, about 8, 10, and 12.
One of the children (the middle one) was trying to pick out a book.
As he walked through the aisles and studied the shelves, his mother followed him and "judged" every book he expressed an interest in. I couldn't see which books he was choosing, but she kept saying, "No. Pick something decent."
She must have said that five times!
I was so curious about what she meant by "decent."
Finally, she changed her wording and said, "Pick something challenging."
What does that mean? Challenging reading level? Challenging storyline? Challenging theme?
I was so irritated, I wanted to scream: "Just let the dang kid pick out a book he wants to read, for crying out loud!"
(By the way, she deemed books by Bruce Coville to be "decent and challenging." I did overhear that much....although, interestingly, she added, "I've heard he's good." So I guess she hasn't actually read anything by Bruce Coville.)