Alright, there are plenty of things I mess up. I’m not the most patient mother in the world, I’m always running late and forgetting things, and even Matt admits I’m no laundry maven, and well, let’s face it, that list could go on and on. But I would like to focus on the positive here and publicly declare that there is one thing I do right:
I read to my kids. A lot. It’s the one area I spoil them in and don’t feel guilt about it. Holiday gifts always include books. I’m also a sucker for book orders from school. I love that their rooms have shelves full of books that are theirs to keep and read whenever they want. We go to the library (almost) every Monday and they check out more books. (Due to my skill of running late and forgetting things, I also pay enough fines every few months to keep most of the library workers employed.)
And you know what? My kids love to read now. Grant has started trying to read chapter books, and Clark reads so well that, despite being 4 1/2, he helps Grant with the hard words like “information,” “Philistines,” and “chrysanthemum.” Even Natalie prefers to read books on her own than be read to. She’ll sit down, turn the pages, look at the pictures, and narrate the story by herself, making it up as she goes along. And if I try to get them to go to bed without reading them a scripture story, they won’t let me get away with it.
I don’t usually brag. Hopefully my readers know that. But this is one thing I’ve done right. And I would now like to confess that my motivation is mostly selfish. Consider the following:
- When my kids are out-of-control hyper, I know I can settle them down if I offer to read them stories. They cuddle and listen quietly.
- The library is a free outing that also requires a certain level of quiet.
- They almost always bring a book with them when we go anywhere in the car. Translation: quiet.
- Now that they are “independent” readers, I start getting them ready an hour before bedtime and then let them have reading time until lights out. Again, extra quiet time for me. Books are awesome.
So I’m curious, what’s something you do right? Give yourself a little credit.
And p.s. I am loving the General Conference book club. You guys have made the greatest comments already and it’s not even halfway through the week. Remember that you can click on the reply button under any comment if you want to respond directly to someone else’s comment. And though many people have written long, awesome commentaries, yours can be as “small and simple” as you want. There are no rules and I love just knowing that people are reading. It seriously made me feel connected to a bunch of strangers to know that we’re all studying the same thing together and collectively getting inspired and motivated. Awesome, ladies, keep it up!