With the hustle and bustle of family life these days parents and children are on the move all the time. Parents are so focused on being sure their children don't miss out on anything that they sign them up for sports, clubs, play dates, and after school events that barely give them time to breathe. Sure you want to give your children well rounded lives, but quiet is a necessary part of life too. Children need quiet time, and the skills and tools to make the most of it.
Winter weather provides a perfect time to instill a love of reading in your children. Provide a comfy, cozy, well lit corner or a pleasant bedroom where they can snuggle up with a good book and turn those indoor times into adventures that take them to warm, sunny places where they can explore worlds they have never known.
Provide them with books from the bookstore or library. Encourage them to read when they are whining "I'm bored". That is a good time for you to pick a cozy chair and curl up with a good book of your own. Children learn by example. What kind of reading example are you? When and where do you read, and how often?