I’m not sure exactly when we decided that we would read the children a story every night before bed, but it’s a tradition we’ve gone along with just about every night for 5 years.
There is soooooo much research stating the benefits of reading to your child from birth, and as a teacher and super-lover of books, I’m all for it.
But here’s the thing…bedtime for the kids is in the evening, after dinner, usually after I’ve just finished doing the dishes and am ready to sit down for the night. The last thing I feel like doing is sitting and reading a long saga. I know…there goes my ‘Mother of the Year’ award, yet again!
We do read a story every night, but on those nights where I just can’t be bothered, it becomes MY turn to choose a book and I look for the shortest story I can find. The kids love stories and I don’t think they are suffering from the semi-regular mini-book, but all these “what if”s run through my head.
I feel like I am doing the kids a real disservice and we are all missing out on some quality time, but how do you weigh up me time and quality time?