I just finished a book I couldn’t put down. (If you’re looking for a super intense read, check it out. It’s called the Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair)It’s summer, so I am able to read a lot more. With the kids home it can be challenging, but it’s important for them to see me reading, right? If I want to raise readers, I have to show them how much I love reading.
But I was so into my book, I kinda didn’t want to read to them. Sometimes when this happens, Rebecca will pick up the slack and read. But she’s been attending a writing class and was hunkered down in her room with a map of a world she created and character sheets.
Margo piled books up next to me, while Isaac rolled on the floor and moaned, “But mommy, what about my practice reading time. You want me to read don’t you.”
With only a few chapters to go, I tried to distract them with outside time, blocks, or anything else they do when I am not reading and enjoying myself. They are having none of it. Then a idea overtakes me. “Hey Isaac, why don’t you practice your reading with Margo.”
Isaac loves the suggestion, in fact, he loves any suggestion that allows him to tell Margo what to do. So he grabs a pile of his books and says, “Okay Margo, we have to read my books, not yours. Mommy said so.”
Margo screams no, and then realizes if she wants to hear a written word, her big bro is all she has at the moment. They snuggle together in a big chair, and he pushes his way through the stack of books.
I pick up my book and continue on, proud that I killed two birds with one stone. Isaac gets the minutes for reading, and Margo gets minutes for being read to. And now I get to enjoy my own book in relative peace.
I love summer.
One of my favorite blogs is We Are That Family. Yesterdays Kristin Welch, the author of the blog, asked moms for their summer hacks on Facebook. In other words, how do you make your laziness work in your favor. Today she posted 25 Summer Hacks for Moms, it is bursting with ideas for all Moms who are just trying to make it through the day. Read through the list and add your own in her comments section. Look close and see if you can spot my own hack that was chosen for the post.
Who needs day camps, when I have a list like this.
Now, I am off to read a book. I’m calling it research for writing, which means I can shut the office door and read in peace.
How do you make it through your summer days?