5 Family Reading Resolutions
Happy New Year! As we settle in to 2016, many of us will be thinking about small changes we can make in our lives, and the potential impact these changes will have. Although books are a big part of my family’s life, I’ve chosen to really spend time thinking about how we enjoy and share books together. If you’ve also resolved to share more books as a family, here are five family reading resolutions that may help to get you started:
Weekly Library Visits
In my family, we’re going to choose and borrow one book a week. We’re choosing to make Monday our designated library day.
If your child doesn’t have their own library card, now is the time! Libraries are free to join, and you’re never too young to have your own card. Of course, parents can borrow books for their children on their card, but there is something extra special and grown up for children to have their own.
Although children benefit from the repetition of their favourite stories, it’s also good to try to interest them in other books. So this year, I’m going to do my best to try different kinds of books. We’ll keep the comfortable favourites around, and gradually introduce something new.
This year, I’m going to do my best to try different kinds of books. We’ll keep the comfortable favourites around, and gradually introduce something new.
We are currently favouring books about zoo animals. I’m going to start with a non-fiction book about the zoo and also find a poetry book with some animal-themed rhymes.
At the minute, we have a book basket in the living room and one in my son’s bedroom. However, he takes his books from place to place around the house – suggesting to me that he wants books in every room. In the few days I’ve scattered books around, I noticed he brings me even more books to read and also spends more time looking at books on his own. It also means he’s looking at a bigger variety of books.
Be a Reading Model
By the time I pick up a physical book, my son is long in his bed. I’ve resolved to be more of a reading model so he sees me reading books. He usually sees me reading on my phone, tablet or e-reader, and perusing the occasional letter. But I want to show him that books are important and relevant.
Beat the Bedtime Rush
By the time we’re home from work, fed, bathed and ready for bed, we often struggle to squeeze in the bedtime story. By the time I’m tucking my wee boy in his bed, he’s so exhausted that what’s supposed to be our nice cuddle and story before bed is often a teary, overtired meltdown. I still believe in the bedtime story, so I’ve found two ways to try it differently. We’re going to do a bedtime story in the bath with a bath book, and while he's having his milk and we’re having our cuddle, I’m going to tell him a story –without a book. I’m not great at making up my own, so I’ve started repeating the rhyme from one of his books that we read often.
I’m hoping these small changes are going to make a big difference to how we spend time sharing books together. From my house to yours, we’re wishing you and your family a fun-filled year of books!
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