I love just about everything to do with kids and books – especially reading. Our “reading” time has taken on many forms over the past 8 years starting with Skyler. To be honest with you I don’t actually remember reading to her before bed when she was a baby, although I’m sure I must have (good example of why you should have a memory book). What I do remember is her looking through every page of every book that she had when they were all out on the table during the day.
Julia was a different sort of early reader. She was a speed-reader - flip, flip, done! When she was three I wrote in her baby book “ the first time Julia actually looked at books was when we got a whole stack of older kids books (dog & horse) at the library. We came home and she sat on the couch and looked through the every one.” I was amazed!
There have been some big surprises for me that have come out of reading to the girls. The first is how much I enjoy not only reading aloud but, the stories themselves and the artwork that accompanies them. A few years ago we read the Wizard of Oz and let me tell you the move is great, but the book is better. And did you know that L. Frank Baum wrote something like 14 other books?
Now that we are in the habit of taking a quiet moment alone together at the end of the day, I’ve noticed that this has also been the time, for my older daughter, that she comes out with the big questions…things she’s been mulling over all day and finally feels comfortable to ask. I am reminded of how important my spending the time to connect with her at night is and I hope that as she gets older she will continue to cuddle up to me and then take a deep breath and say “Mom, I have a question.”
One summer when I just needed some quiet (and a break) I started our "quiet reading time." Now if I say "grab a book and get on the couch" the girls know what is expected. Watch the video....do you hear anything : ) EXACTLY - imagine that the next time you need a little quiet!!! One of my great parenting successes.