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Bedtime Stories, the Extra Parent

I don’t think I could parent without reading bedtime stories. I’ve always read to my kids, despite my oldest child who announced at a very young age: “You don’t need to read to me anymore. I can read by myself … Continue reading

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  1. No kids, but I’d think just the tradition of having a parent read aloud to their kids, even when they’re in their teens, would be comforting and reassuring to the kids that no matter what might be going on at school, within the family, or in the real world, if Mom or Dad can take time to read to us every night, things can’t be THAT bad.

    To the second question–No, but mainly because we all probably wanted to prove our independence and read our own books. We did continue a Christmas tradition of Mom reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” even when we three kids had reached our teens.

    I would LOVE to be a hired or volunteer reader for school classes or even individuals at home. Nothing quite so magical as having a book brought to life with someone’s voice.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      That sounds like a great job! You should totally do it – try your local school or the senior center or advertise your reading aloud offer at the library. People will be lucky to have your voice telling them stories.

Reading Aloud for a Lifetime

My first child learned to read early. Soon after, he announced, “I don’t need bedtime stories anymore. I can read by myself.” He made the same mistake many adults make: that reading aloud is only for the very young. Reading … Continue reading

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  1. deidra says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I have kind of stopped reading to my 8 year old, mostly because he devours books on his own. I will have to start again.

  2. Shannon says:

    Thank you for this. My mom and I went through so many children’s classics — and later, adult classics — together. We read every morning before school all the way through high school. It’s very much a comfort activity for me now. We still try and get together around Christmas and reread some of our favorites.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Ah, lovely. What a wonderful way to start the day, and what a wonderful gift for a lifetime. Thanks for sharing your family’s reading tradition. Inspiring!