Preface: I have many friends who do not feel that fantasy elements in children's literature is something they want to expose their children to. I understand that, because even though I have come to a different conclusion, literature and imagination are such important aspects of my life. Being that my entire life has revolved around literature, I balk at banning books.
I know that everyone's decisions come from a place of love for their children and they know mine do as well. As a matter of fact, I think MOST parent's decisions come from love, even if they aren't the decisions I would make.
John wanted a Harry Potter themed Birthday night this year. I have been reading the first book to Emma, and he has been listening in. I know there is controversy about the books, but the themes of doing the right thing even when its hard, or unpopular I see as a very good thing.
We started out with some crafts, then we drank "butter beer" out of bunny goblets. Then we went on a scavenger hunt for all the stuffed animals that "norbert the naughty dragon" had hidden throughout the house. Clearly, then it was time for the "monster cookie".
After that Brian dreamed up the most awesome set of clues for the kids to follow. I was worried that I hadn't had enough time to plan, and that maybe it wouldn't be as fun. Usually, I go a little overboard with this stuff. The kids LOVED the whole evening, but especially the clues Daddy wrote for them.