Have you taken a book away from Athena? What guides your parental choices on book selection for reading.
When Athena was an infant I would take books away from her so they would not be unduly chewed upon. Otherwise, no. The rule of thumb in the Scalzi household has always been that if you can reach it, you can read it, and we don’t have very many books in the house that can’t be reached, frankly. The rule also comes with the offer that Athena can come to us to discuss anything she reads, particularly if it confuses or upsets her.
As a result, Athena’s grown up with the understanding that no information is off limits to her and that there’s very little that she can’t talk to us about, and I think both of those are good things. It’s also demystified the adult world to her to some extent, which I think is not a bad thing. And it’s also allowed her to have a wide range of reading experiences from which to form her own personal taste in reading, which, again, I think is grand.
Does this mean she occasionally reads stuff I would prefer she didn’t? Yes, although that runs more toward “books I think are crap” than “books I think are bad.” Anyway, I read all sorts of crap when I was a kid; by all indications I turned out just fine, bwa ha ha ha hah HA ha ha.
So, no: Athena’s always been able to read whatever she wanted. As a result, she has a good idea of what she wants to read. And also, that she likes to read. That’s the way it should be.