For those years when Ben was a solo child of mine, we read book after book at bedtime. We let him persuade us into reading more and more of them. We knew it was a stall tactic, but we didn't mind. Those were precious moments, and we knew they wouldn't last forever.
When Abby came along, we limited bedtime to two stories each. It was amazing, still, how much longer it took with just one more little child.
Just before Sarah was born, there was a short period of time when I was able to cheat and I would read one "boy" book and one "girl" book to both of them together, as we laid Abby - Mommy - Ben, side-by-side in Abby's double bed.
Then Ben started reading to himself, those big chapter books, and he didn't "need" me anymore.
And, really, I was okay with that because while he didn't need me to read to him, he was still reading. And that's what we were trying to instill all along - a love of reading.
Besides it came just in time for me to start reading to baby sister, Sarah. This girl is third in line of three kids who love to read. She'll grab any one of the books we've amassed over three children, and she will
Following in the strong-willed steps of her older brother, I find her resisting sleep in favor of devouring a good book in her bed. Even if I don't actually witness her doing this, the evidence is clear -
She's got no less than a dozen books in her bed on any given day. She rotates them out from a giant stack she has shoved underneath her bed. (Apparently the bookshelf is just too far away.)
I love this.
This is about as rebellious as goody-two-shoes get.
I still love reading at bedtime. It seems to be the only remedy for insomnia I've found guaranteed to work.
Today's simple pleasure is knowing that all of these children of mine love to read - at bedtime or not. Though, the fact that it happens at bedtime reminds me of my childhood when I looked forward that precious time with a good book.
TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book. ~Author Unknown
Sharing this at Dayle's Simple Pleasures Party today - better late than never!