Bedtime Reading

I was surprised to learn that more than one third of parents do not read to their children at bedtime. It's kind of sad. I think she gives smart rules for bedtime reading.

Hubby usually reads to our boys and our older ones read to themselves before bed.
I remember when I would read the better part of the day to our children. I miss those days.

Do you read to your children at bedtime?

http://www.mothering.com/articles/3-rules-for-bed…

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    08/15/14
    I will be the first to admit I do not read to my daughter much. I think the reason I don't is because she's so anxious all the time and moves so much that she hates sitting still and listening to a story lol. We've definitely tried since her birth, but she's just not a sit still and read/listen to a story kind of kid. I think some kids are and some kids aren't. I wouldn't force my child to sit and listen to a story if she really isn't interested. She will eventually have to learn to sit down, be quiet and listen, but she's only three and I just don't feel the need to make her understand all of that at such a young age.
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    08/23/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Even though they wiggle and squiggle, they may still be listening. I wouldn't necessarily require my child to sit still but to sit and play quietly on the floor with toys is totally acceptable because they can do that and still listen. I learned this teaching Sunday School. The most wiggly kids I would ask questions just to see if they were listening and they could answer the questions just as well as the sit still children.
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    09/05/14
    4Rina
    I totally agree with Theresa, and I actually think reading to children is one of the best things we can do for them. Watching TV, playing video games, etc (not saying you do that with her Dale) actually makes fidgeting, wiggling and inattention worse. Books calm children down.
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      08/16/14
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      08/23/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I can understand that!
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        08/16/14
        Melissa Middleton
        We read before bed and during the day. We also say bedtime prayers together. Reading to them helps their minds develop, too. I remember my mother reading the bible and other stories like Moby Dick, Swiss Family Robinson, The Boxcar Children, and Huckleberry Finn when we were younger (among other books). I love reading to my kiddos...even though Green Eggs and Ham gets mundane after the fifth time.

        I read during pregnancy as well, and I learned that many mothers never did.
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          09/05/14
          4Rina
          I am actually semi-militant about reading to my children. I actually believe that reading to your kids from Day 1 (yes, even as an infant) has a high correlation to intelligence and academic success in the future. Plus, it's a great way to connect with your kids, discuss issues etc. I am a life-long reader,and I have taught my children that learning to read and enjoying reading is a way to ensure they will never be bored. Now, admittedly, each child is different. My oldest is just like me and devours books at a crazy pace. My middle was more of a reluctant reader on her own but she always loved being read to, so I've stuck with it, and now she is doing more reading on her own initiative. And the little one doesn't know how to read very well on his own yet, but loves being read to. Of course, there are some nights when we miss it, but I'd say we read about 90% of the nights. And if nights don't work, you can always do mornings or (for kids at home) during the day.
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          ***Baby Team Leader Moms.com*** I have been married for over 20 years. My husband and I have eight children ages 18 down to 4 years old. We use to live in Chicago but now live in Canada. I own www.FaithandFamilyReviews.com.