Reading together is always a favorite time at our house. Some of the best bonding that I have with my kids is reading aloud to them at bedtime. Of course we all read to our kids when they are little, but there is something so special about enjoying longer books together as they get older. These books sometimes take weeks to read. Some of the timeless choices that we have read are Tumtum and Nutmeg for younger kids, the Hank Zipzer series for kids 1st-3rd grade, The Secret Garden for kids 3rd and 4th grade, and Harry Potter for older kids.
I am not big on grand traditions as a mom because the thought of that pressure is a little daunting. But our reading routines have somehow become become a tradition that isn’t stress filled at all. Reading our book together is something that we look forward to, make time for, and both cherish. My youngest daughter makes sure that we have built in enough “reading time” when she is getting ready for bed and she is so disappointed on the nights that life gets in the way. This week I started reading The Secret Garden to my youngest child. This is the 3rd time aloud for me, but it is so special and so new because the little ears that are hearing it are hearing it for the first time, with such curiosity about what will happen next.
It’s hard with the hectic schedules that we all have to make room for the quiet times. It, however, is so important for us all. And we, as parents, get as much out of it as our kids. Do you have any favorite books to share that you have enjoyed with your kids?