Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Reading on the run
I believe very much in the importance of reading to your children. I started doing it when Oliver was just a few weeks old and tried right from the beginning to make it part of our daily routine. Then it was easy.
Lately it's been very hard to continue with it because he won't sit still. I've given up at bed time because I find he's just too tired and gets whiny. Any other time he will sit for the first page or two but then is climbing off my lap and is on the run again. I've even given up story books and only read books that have one picture and one word per page thinking that may keep his attention a little longer. That didn't work either.
My latest attempt has been to read a story to him in the bathtub. We've been doing it for 3 nights now and although he doesn't seem to pay attention to what I'm saying, he can't get away from me and I know he hears me. I also like that he can't grab the book, he can't try and rip out the pages and I can actually go back to reading stories again.
I'm sure I'm not alone with these problems. I'd love to hear what other moms have done to keep reading to a busy little one. As always, thanks in advance for any advice I get.