Reading For Family Fun


Does reading sound boring to you?

Is it really good family advice for having fun?


We all know our kids have to learn how to function in life, for that future job, ordering food at a restaurant, or learning how that new electronic gadget works. But what about doing it just for fun?

In our home, our routine is to get ready for bed, a little earlier, so that we can have time for the latest and greatest book one of the kids have brought home from the school library.

Is there complaining about turning off the T.V.? Sometimes, if we are watching anything. Even getting teeth brushed and PJ's on gets some moans and groans, but...before we are finished the first page, the room is quiet and waiting for more.

We pile on Mom and Dad's bed, get comfy, and make room so that everyone can see the pictures.

The kids love this! Some stories are serious and make Mom cry, some stories we can barely finish because we are laughing so hard. What great family memories we are creating together.

Sometimes the kids have picked longer chapter books. These ones are great because each chapter leaves us hanging on for more and the kids get ready for bed so quickly the next few nights, so they hopefully get us to read more than one chapter!

Since we have two girls and one boy, we get lots of different types of books. It is great! Some nights we read more informational type books about Sharks, Dinosaurs and other cool animals.

More Benefits of Reading

Since we have this nightly routine it has spilled over into the rest of our lives.

*The kids are easy to entertain on short and long trips in the car. They just bring a book or two. Sometimes they read quietly to themselves, and sometimes they read their story to everyone. It sure makes the time go quickly!

*I have also heard that reading expands their minds and creativity. And I definitely have creative children!

*It's free! Books are endlessly available at the library for free, and unlike video games and T.V., books require no power. Plus you can do it anywhere, from in your room, to the car. I have even caught my daughter with a book on the trampoline! (No plugs required.)

*Books are also perfect for waiting rooms, rainy days and time outs when when mom, dad or the kids need it.

Reading the same book over and over?

Do you have Cinderella memorized? I did at one time. But I'll tell you, it is such a wonderful memory to my daughter and I now. It always amazed me that she never got sick of hearing it. The look on her face when the mean stepsisters tore the clothes she was going to wear to the ball, and then the part when the cruel stepmother trips the gentleman with the glass slipper; shattering it. And finally, the fact that Cinderella had the other shoe anyways!

Go ahead, go through that book a hundred times! Spend the family time together, because it's some of our Best Family Advice!

Is Reading A Good Date?

Well, not only is it fun, it's free.

How do Bob and I have fun with a book? We put the kids to bed early and let them have a little light on for their own quiet book time. Then we grab a drink and get comfortable on the couch. Usually Bob sits up and I get to lay down with my feet on his lap so that he can massage them.

Hint to husbands; do it...it's worth it!

Our first book was "Ten Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter ", by W. Bruce Cameron. (1998) Here's a quote:

Rule Eight: The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there are no parents, policemen, or nuns within eyesight. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romance or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which feature chain saws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folks homes are better.

We read a chapter or two each time. Hilarious. A great date!

Have fun and leave the money for a baby sitter in your pocket.


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