Saturday, January 10, 2009

What Kind of Example Are You?

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?


Susan Brassfield Cogan said...

I read constantly. My daughter reads constantly and now that they are beginning to be teenagers, my granchildren seem to be picking up the book addiction.

Can we say the reading gene runs in the family?

Beth Groundwater said...

My children are off to college and on their own now, but I sure hope I set a good example while they were home. We always limited television viewing in our house, video games were not allowed, and we encouraged reading. Books were always part of Christmas and Birthday giving. And, along with a fair amount of nonfiction reading, I still read about one fiction book a week.

Helen Ginger said...

If you have a fireplace, light it. Ooh, that sounds good. Slippers on, afghan draped, fire going, and a good book.

Both my kids, grown now, are big readers. They do learn by example.

Joy said...

I must admit that when my children were growing up the reading I did was with them. Seldom did I pick up a book for my own pleasure. I was more into sewing and cross stitching. My husband was the good example there. Now I try to read at least one book a month. This year I'm actually making a list of all the books I've read with a short personal review.

Krista said...

You are so right about quiet being a necessary part of life. My brother and sister-in-law talk at my niece all the time, and she has a great vocabulary, but she never gets a quiet moment. One day we were visitng my parents and my father and I took her outside to play. Dad doesn't talk much, so we were just tramping around in the snow. So after a while, my niece looked around the woods and then up at my father and said, "These trees don't talk." And she grinned.