This morning, someone I follow on Twitter linked to this on-line article: The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children
. I recommend reading it not because I'm all for "book-books" (i.e., print books), although I prefer to use them with my own son and not because I want to promote the printing industry as one commenter said; I am for time spent with your child/children.
Reading is not only a way to help your child succeed in life later on, but is a perfect way to spend time with your child/children. Read-a-louds do not need to stop when a child enters school. Books, stories, etc.--in print or electronically--help to open doors of conversations with each other. Subject matters never considered can occur while reading a story together.
I work hard. I know you do, too, regardless what you do. But, nothing comes close to the pleasure I have reading with my son at the end of the day. If you child squirms during a reading, then let it go and try the next day. Do not give up. It takes time to build the skill and it will happen!
Ultimately, those cuddles you get after a really hard day are so worth reading that book for the nth time....and with heavy eyelids. You will definitely never regret that time together. I'm so thankful for my reading times with my own child, and I hope you are, too. So, as our story times come to close this week and with our Fall story times a month away, keep reading to your child! I will.