Being a working Mom means a hectic evening with the little one. The two hours I get after I get home is the most precious time of the day. Strictly divided into three slots of dinner time, play time and bed time, (and the fourth is my slot of MY Time after she sleeps!). My 1.5 year old SSS is becoming naughtier by the day and with extended play times, her dinner time and bed time are fast morphing into play time as well!
While her favorite activity is running around the house, and opening all the drawers and kitchen cabinets she can, my favorite activity is definitely not fetching the balls she throws! Being from a family of avid readers, my personal favorite activity is reading of course and reading to her is a delightful way of spending time with her. Alas! The only time I get to do that is at bed time! Dangling a pretty picture book is the easiest way to divert her attention from ransacking her cupboard for socks and get her to clamber to the bed!
If you are Mom, you may tell me how short their attention spans are and how difficult it is to make them read, but patience is key. Here are some of my tips to make your kids read –
- Get board books with bright pictures. The larger the pictures the better it is.
- Large Pictures of animals, objects they recognize make for ideal reading
- Forget long stories of the Arabian nights and Gulliver’s travels for now. Read small stories that have very few sentences on each page.
- You don’t have to read. Spin a different story around the picture
- Point out little objects in the picture
- Allow them to turn the pages.
- If they start tearing pages, tell them a firm No and take away the book for a while
- Start off for as much time as they let you read to them.
- You read! If they see you reading, they will want to automatically read too
- Patience Patience Patience
diaper, switch off the lights and sing her favorite nursery rhymes to lull her to sleep. And that my dear readers, is how SSS sleeps a cozy night to sweet dreams of crows and fairies and cows!
What books do you read to your child?