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Wild controversy ensued over "Wild Things."

Last week, parenting expert Brett Berk cautioned against taking preschoolers to see "Where the Wild Things Are." In response, moms across America disagreed, saying the big screen version of the childhood classic was too good to pass up.

Where the wild things are

Here's what you had to say:

We took our 4- and 6-year-old boys this weekend. They both loved it. In reality, I think it's more traumatic for parents. Many kids can relate to the emotions Max feels. As parents, sometimes I think it's easy to put on the blinders and naively buy into the notion that childhood is rainbows and kittens. Kids know better. I think for this reason, kids will be able to easily relate to Max. -- Rachel

I saw it with a friend, since we decided our boys were far too young (ages 3 and 4). I agree with your assessment, but I guess it depends on the kid. I was a sensitive child who had to leave "Cinderella" because I was overwrought about the chubby mouse, Gus, getting picked on. So I guess it's no surprise that I cried at WTWTA. Those mother-son scenes were heartbreaking to me! -- Abby

My 6-year-old son went with his grandmother. When he came home, he said he hated the movie and didn't understand why the boy was behaving so badly. This is coming from a child that has seen all the superhero movies, etc., and has never "not liked" a movie. Grandmother thought it was depressing. -- JoAnn K

It's definitely up to the parent. Personally, I will not take my daughter to this movie. I think children in this society are overly exposed to adult themes, and as a result have become desensitized. Just a side note to Rachel: I am not naive and I realize that childhood is more than rainbows, but in this violent society, why willfully expose children to dark subject matter at a young age? Maybe I am putting on blinders, but if it means that my daughter can enjoy her childhood and innocence even one day longer, then so be it!! -- Jen

My little one is way too young to even pay attention to a movie, but I don't understand what the fuss is about. WTWTA is a very sad book about Maurice Sendak dealing with divorce (the Wild Things are supposed to be his aunt and uncle). It's a theme that many children in America are exposed to. That being said, certain kids are more sensitive than others. I saw "Old Yeller" at the age of six and was not phased, but I had friends that used to cry through movies like "Cinderella" and "The Lion King." If you don't think your kid can handle it, don't go. If they can, then you may want to discuss it, but otherwise I don't see any long-term harm in going. -- Miranda

I've read this story a million times to my 4 children ... and it's not about divorce at all, but about, very plainly and simply, a boy who is naughty and is sent to bed without supper, then imagines he's far away for a long time until he realizes he wants to be where someone really loves him, and he makes his way home to find his supper in his room "and it was still hot." The movie has its own take, but it still stays true to the idea that as kids we've all wanted to run away to go somewhere to have fun all the time and be happy, but we learn that we can't always be happy, we make mistakes, have bad days, etc. That's when we understand that home is really the best place to be because we're loved by our family. This is an important lesson. We celebrated my son's 7th birthday at the theater with the release of this movie. He and 9 other boys and girls all enjoyed it and were not disturbed or scared -- including my 4-year-old son. If you're truly concerned about this movie, first read the book to your children to get an understanding and gage their (and your) reactions. Then remember -- it's just a movie!!! Relax and enjoy. =) -- Sofia6



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