Personally, I am a big reader and always have been. I tend to read fiction or self help books, usually related to my word for the year. If you read January's newsletter you know that this year my word is CONNECT. This means I am hoping to spend more quality time with people, make time for more 1-on-1 time with each of my kids, prioritize date night, disconnect from technology more often and work on improving/maintaining the relationships with the people that matter most to me.
One way I'm doing this is by trying to read to my kids everyday. If I'm being honest there are some days it just doesn't happen (because life does). However, I have found this is a good way to connect with my kids each day, usually before bed, and spend time all together or with them one-on-one.
Here are some ways you can build reading into your month:
Go to the Library- this can be a great way to get out of the house, especially if you or your kids are going a little stir crazy with the weather we've been having lately. If your kids are infants, toddlers or preschoolers consider enrolling in your Library’s “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program!
Buy used- with everyone "Marie Kondo-ing" their homes, it’s a great time to get gently used books second hand at Goodwill or other local thrift shops for almost nothing.
Let your kids catch you reading- one of the best ways to instill a love, or at least a like, of reading in your kids is by modeling it yourself. Let your kids "catch you" reading. I have tired to be more intentional about reading actual books rather than reading on my kindle so that my kids see me doing it.
Have a reading night- We've all head of family game night, but have you ever tried a family reading night? Pick a book to all read together or let everyone pick their own book and snuggle up on the couch for a cozy night of reading.
Read something for pleasure- Don't forget about yourself! Pick up a book that you've wanted to read and make time to read it! I have been trying to read a little before bed instead of turning on the TV at night and have already finished 4 books so far this year!
Written by: Lindsey Fry, Speech/Language Pathologist