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.