I am a bad Mum.
Or more importantly I am a teacher who is a bad Mum.
You see, I have something to admit to you all, to myself…..I am really slack at reading to my kids, and by that I mean, reading a book to them is an event that seems to rarely occur. It seems that in the newborn haze (can you class having a two year old as newborn haze still, I’m not sure?) I lost my love for reading. Because, more often than not I’d choose an early tuck in and good nights sleep over curling up with a good read. And because of this, I lost the mojo and routine of reading to my kids. My beautiful, impressionable kids.
And it’s really annoyed me. Because I love reading! I love books! I love reading aloud; inventing my own character voices, screaming at the top of my lungs if a character does too, and whispering to build anticipation. I want my kids to grow up reading classics like I did, escaping into fantasy lands and creating games based around them. I want them to be the type of kids who instead of saying they are bored, go grab a blanket and pillow and curl up in front of the fire to read a good book. I want to be the Mum who calls out to them but because they are so enthralled in what they are reading, they don’t hear me, let alone notice me standing right next to them. I want to find them hiding under the covers long after lights out just so they can read to the end of a chapter. And when they are older, I want them to jump on their bikes and ride to the Library to stock up for the holidays.
Friday afternoon I headed to our amazing local Library which we visit on the holidays, but should more often, and borrowed a heap of books to read with the kids. Some of which will go towards Princess’ Premiers Reading Challenge. In the spirit of setting a goal a month, which you can read about here, my goal is to read to my kids every single night this month! No excuses! Even if it means the kids go to bed later than normal, then that’s what will happen. We will not be the family who is not surrounded by books every day. We are going to create a good habit that will not die, for that I am sure because I have my love of reading back, and with me by their side, I will help grow theirs.