Admit it: sometimes, you dread reading to your children. Sure, you love cuddling up with them in your lap in warm, fuzzy pajamas at the end of the day, and sitting in your rocking chair together; but sometimes, you have other things that you want to be doing. You want to read your own books…complete your own chores…anything but reading Dr. Seuss for the tenth time in a single day.
And then there are the books. Some of them are cute, and catchy. You have them memorized the third or fourth time you read them, so you don’t really have to pay attention to what you’re reading anymore. Others are long, drawn out, with no rhyming words and nothing that catches your attention…and for some reason, those are the ones that your toddler wants to read until your head is ready to explode.
You know reading is important. You know it’s a valuable skill that your child will benefit from their entire life, and you really do enjoy reading with them…sometimes. The problem is the rest of the time, and even though you know these years are fleeting, there are times when you wish you could rush ahead to a time when they can read their own books.
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make reading more interesting for both of you.