My kids are bookworms. They like reading a lot. Their favourite books to read are storybooks, novels inclusive – the bigger the better. Once I buy a book I want to read, they would queue up for it.

So, I try everything within my power to stay away from books with adult content. When my kids pick up any of my books to read, I don’t have to snatch it away immediately because there are things inside I wouldn’t want them to see.

What I do is when I buy a novel, I first of all read them and if need be, expurgate them; I remove the offensive parts before putting them in my library.

If you do watch some Arab Channels like MBC 2, MBC Max, MBC Action, you will find out that sexual scenes as well as profane words are removed even though most of the movies contain them originally. These movies undergo expurgation before they are shown on those channels for the public to see.

When I expurgate, I do not remove thee offensive pages, I conceal the offensive parts with any concealer that works on paper and write “adult content” on top or besides it. When children come across them, they already know what it means and do not have to ask what is hidden there.