When I was little, every night after dinner, each of us chose our favorite chair and read until bedtime. My mom, my dad, my sister and me, all curled up in chairs around the black wood stove which heated our house. A combination of no television and this daily family reading habit helped make me into the reader I am today.
That and the library. My mom would bring a cardboard box and we’d fill the box with our books for the week. She’d strap it to the back of her bike and we’d ride like ducklings behind her, anxious to start our new books.
Even today, my parents still have the same schedule. Eat, read, sleep.
But, I don’t. I’m pretty random. After dinner, the girls play with dad. I usually work at the computer. Except now I’m wondering if I should be reading a book – just to show my girls that mom spends time reading, too.
Bedtime is reading time – reading aloud and reading alone – for the girls and my husband. Me, I’m usually still on the computer until late. That’s not giving me enough reading time, not just for me but for those watchful little eyes.
The Reading Is Fundamental website says, and I agree, “As much as they may deny it, most children want to be like their parents. Their lifelong habits start to form at the earliest ages, often by mimicking older members of the family. If they see you reading daily—both for function and for pleasure—they will more likely become avid readers themselves.”
I’d love my girls to say that they’re readers because I was a reader.
But enough about me, how about you? What’s your reading legacy?
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