I really miss the feeling of little warm bodies, cuddling close and listening with rapt attention to a storybook. I miss holding little hands as we marched into our local library, and the excitement in their eyes as they chose a stack of book to borrow and take home. Reading time meant we could often share a giggle, or learn something new. It meant we could experience new books together and decide if they were worth reading a second, third or fourth time. I know our reading time shaped them as well, because one of their favorite traditions is on Christmas Eve, when we all are at home, we come together to read a few favorite stories from their childhood. They are grown now, but it wouldn't be Christmas Eve without our books.
Our modern lives are so hectic and busy and stressful. We have increasingly become dependent on electronic devices for reading. But I am urging parents to not lose sight of this simple pleasure. Visit your local library. Get yourself a library card. Spend time with your child, enjoying books together. In the future, you will be so glad that you did.
Love this post. Thank you for reminding me to savor these moments with my little ones while they are little!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment, Tonya. I hope I inspire parents to take advantage of a fun, free, educational opportunity right in their own neighborhoods!Delete
Our family and the library have a great relationship (well as long as I remember to return the books)ReplyDelete
That's the difficult part, finding the books:) I always kept a separate "library bag" and the books were to go right back in so they didn't get lost. Didn't always work out that way though!ReplyDelete
There is plenty of useful information out there about how to raise children, and a lot of it is going to help you out quite a bit if you can read it, study it, and apply what you learn in your everyday life.ReplyDelete
We all know that busy parents don't always have the time to read books...so follow my blog and feel free to pose questions, anytime. I am an experienced parent with four grown children, I teach preschool and have been teaching parents for 12 years. You can always pose questions on my FB page at S.P.L.A.S.H. Parenting Principles.Delete