If you haven’t read a book in a really long time, then this post is for you. If your an avid reader – you will be shaking your head like what is this lady on about?
Before January 2016 I hadn’t read a book in ages. REALLY, it had been a long time since I read a book that wasn’t written for a child. It is one of those things. I didn’t have the time…..I never made the time.
It is amazing once I decided that I was going to read a book, how easy it was to make the time. My schedule hadn’t changed. It wasn’t like I magically got a few extra hours in the day given to me. I took the time.
For Christmas I had received 2 awesome books as gifts. I couldn’t wait to get started and once I did I couldn’t put down the book. Do you know what? Things started changing. With 3 little kids around, you would think there is never a moment’s peace – and really there hardly is.
One morning I was really into my book. I decided it was READING TIME for EVERYBODY. Even the baby got her little farm book of animals. Ok, it wasn’t ideal. It wasn’t the quiet lounging about I had envisioned reading a book cuddled up on the sofa drinking a cup of tea. But I had my tea (uncomfortably out of reach so the baby could not get it), and 3 little kids with their books. Of course I was interrupted every page but you know what? I started something our family wasn’t used to. I was not reading to them, but quietly to myself.
I quickly finished that book within the week. The next weekend I was on to the next book. I had woken up early as did my son (we’re the family early birds). Whilst everyone else slept, I sat next to him reading as he played quietly with his legos. When my daughter woke up she saw me, said “Good Morning”, left and grabbed one of her books and sat down next to me. I was stunned. She quietly read through her book for a good 15 minutes – which is a long time for a 3 year old.
There we had it. That was my “Aha” moment.
We all know that as parents we are the examples we set for our kids. I completely underestimated the example I was setting by reading my own book. It’s much different than Story Time. That is for them. When your kids see you reading on your own, it shows them that reading is enjoyable and something they can do on their own time. All these years I never made the time to read for myself. I am embarrassed to say how long it has actually been.
Giving up something for so long that I enjoyed seems foolish now. My advice to you if you are a busy mama -TAKE the time to read. Don’t give it up. Your brain needs that stimulation, that little bit of escape. I have managed to squeeze in 3 books in January and I feel 100% better for it.
I wanted to share because this will help your overall well being. Here’s why:
- You are doing something for yourself that you enjoy and makes you happy.
- Setting a positive example for your children to follow.
- Stimulating your brain.
- Bonus: You have something new to talk about with friends other than the usual topics – especially if it’s a really good book!
Since I am back to reading, can you recommend good books to read?