Does your child like a certain book that you also loved at his/her age? If so, share what book it is and why you both love it? Do you find that this common affinity for a book bridges the generation gap? Or does it foster communication between you?
My child...no longer a child...and I shared the Harry Potter set of books. Honestly, he never was much of a reader. We also shared a slew of Mangas--graphic novels. His teachers and I celebrated every time he read one. With the Potter books, we read them and then went to see the movies -- so it was a fantastical journey from age 8 till just last year at 20.
I never listened to those who lamented about the witchcraft and dark side. I rejoiced that there was a book that a kid like mine would read!
Love the Harry Potter books!! Actually, I think they should be studied as prescribed books in school...maybe first year university too. I think those books, particularly bridge the generation gap between child and parent - it's a magical way to share something with your child (pardon the pun!).
No pardon necessary ;) I love a good pun.
I sent my son, in his last high school years, to a private Christian school -- to keep in out of trouble more than the curriculum actually. He needed control. When the headmaster had concerns over his reading material, you can imagine the kind of "enlighten" conversation I had. HP books allow the kids to imagine something out of the norm and are as charming as the old Mother Goose and Grimm stories.
I also told the old fart that Chris read Goosebumps!