OK parents. Let’s talk straight for a minute. How many of you cringe when your child pulls out a reading log for you to sign the morning that it is supposed to be handed in at school? How many enjoy reading stories with your kids, but find the demands of the day often rob you of this time with your children?
You are not alone! I think most parents want to read with their kiddos! Life just seems to get in the way sometimes. I am writing this post, not to condemn you for missing reading time now and then (I think almost every single parent falls into this category!), but to encourage you to make it a priority in your homes. Do your best to make this time with kids an essential, one of the things at the top of the to-do list. There are so many benefits (as seen below on the infographic).
How to Make it Happen
Here are a few tips to help you make reading time a sticking point in your home.
- Don’t get stuck on the idea that it has to be before bedtime. If your kids are wiped out by the time bedtime rolls around (and if you are too!), then read during a different part of the day. Do your kids like to get up early? Mine do, for some unknown reason…by 6:30 every day! Read in the morning, when they are still full of cuddles and snuggles. Read after school…settling in on the couch with a coffee and a good book sounds heavenly! The point is…read when it works for you and your kids.
- Add it to the chore chart/to-do list. Don’t let reading be viewed as an “extra.” I know some may not agree with the idea that reading is added to a “chore” list…I get it. Reading shouldn’t be seen as a chore. But, I think the idea is to make it an expected, routine part of the day. A chore chart or to-do list makes this visual for a child.
- Pack books “to go.” There is waiting time everywhere. Sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Hanging out while a sibling has practice or a game. Pack some books! In fact, make it even easier on yourself and pack a “to go” back, one that already has some good books in it. When you get ready to go, just grab the bag and head out the door.
- Try some audio books in the car. This may not have all of the benefits of sitting down together and looking at printed text with your child, but there are plenty of benefits to listening to stories too. Think about all of the time you spend in the car. Could some of that time be spent listening to stories (and talking about them) with your kids?
- Set a Goal Together. Decide what you want to work towards and go for it! A certain number of books? A certain number of pages each day? Would you rather work towards a consistent number of minutes each day? Kids are visual. Use this handy chart to keep track of your progress, and don’t forget to celebrate when you reach your goal!
Whatever works for you and your family…do it! Make reading and books an integral part of your family life. You’ll show your kids that you value it, and in turn, they will start to value it too!
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