Just keep reading.
There’s one thing I don’t deny my son of — reading time. I can deny him of snacks (“Enough chocolate for the day!”), of toys (“You have enough Cars characters already.”). But when it comes to books, I find it very hard to say no.
Reading was my escape when I was a child. (Read: Fully Booked – A love affair with books) I recall spending summer days at my grandparents’ home and exploring my Grandfather’s Book of Knowledge collection. My favorite was the volume with a condensed version of Little Women. In the school library, I spent much of recess and lunch time browsing through books about saints, books by Beverly Cleary, SRA stories and more. In our own home, there were Archie comics lovingly shared among us cousins and siblings, my Dad’s business books, my Mom’s book collection which had a wide variety of genres from romance to mystery.
I began reading to my son while he was still in my womb. When he was a month old, I read a bunch of books aloud to him. Not kiddie books — a Dan Brown book, a Charlene Harris novel… He’s six years old now and has a wide book collection from even before he was born — books I thought my future child would like (yeah, super bookworm right here). Everytime he reaches for a book, my heart soars.
My favorite moments are when we read together. We’d be side by side — he on one side of the bed, me on the other. Or we’d read in his play area — he surrounded by toys, me within arm’s reach. I cherish this quiet time we share together. Whether it’s a magazine or a book, for as long as we’re reading together, we’re pretty much happy. We don’t talk, but it IS bonding time.
I believe that children learn how to love reading more when they see their own parents loving books. I developed a love for reading certainly through my grandfather and my parents. It’s easy to see this love comes naturally for my son. Now it’s my responsibility to help nurture this love! How do we do that? Just keep reading. Whether it’s a romance book for me or a Scooby Doo puzzle book for him, we’ll keep on reading — together!