Reading is important to me. It’s something we’ve tried to instill in our children from early on. We’ve always read to our kids since they were very little. Before they could even fully comprehend what was happening. Jen still reads all the time to the young kids she cares for.
One thing I’m bad for though is not setting the example. For a long time my kids would never have seen me sitting down to read for myself. Lots of the reading I did was either in my office, on the computer, or when they were in bed. Reading more has been a goal of mine for some time now, but haven’t done a great job at working at it. In the past couple of years though I have read more books than I had in years, but that’s still not a big number.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Fatherhood and Parenting in general but I’ll write more about that soon. Yesterday morning though I had just a small simple experience that helped remind me the effect we can have as parents on our children. Caile and I were home along for a bit of time. We were all ready, chores done and she was playing on her iPod in the living room. After making myself a coffee I came and joined her on the couch with my book I’ve been reading.
We talked a little bit, but for the most part we were each involved with our own task, or so I thought. Not long after I sat down with my book Caile got up and put her iPod away. She went to the kitchen and then came back with her book she’s been reading and we sat and read together until it was time for us to go meet everyone else.
On our drive I took the opportunity to talk about reading in general, it’s importance / benefits, and about the book she was reading. This wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t seen me showing by example that reading was enjoyable and something worth me using my time to do.
3 thoughts on “Reading, Setting an Example”
This is an awesome story. Making a mental note for when I’m a father someday… 🙂
Great story and great to see other parents that realise how important reading is. My children range between 10-1 and I do a 30 minute reading session everyday before dinner. It’s actually brought us closer together and we talk about our books around the dinner table. I’ve even found myself intrigued enough to pick up their books and read them.
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I love this! I was, and still am, a total book worm. Partially because I’m an introvert, but I think mostly because as a kid, my parents really encouraged me to read. Unlike TV and movies, reading forces the use of our imagination – what does a character or place look like to you? It’s different for each person, which is why the movie or TV adaptations are sometimes met with such dislike..haha. My favorite books as a kid were Little House on the Prairie. They’re timeless, and teach great lessons about family and perseverance. 🙂
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