The magic of books

I grew up reading Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and  Anne of Green gables ; just to mention a few as the list is too long.
I was also a major bookworm.who loved nothing better to escape into the pages of a good book and i must admit as I got older I was an extreme sucker for a good romance.  Not Mills and Boon style romance but the kind where there wasn’t always a happy ending or page after page of naked revelations. The Characters were complicated yet intriguing and the possibilities were endless.

In my early years I could be found in the back corner of the school library hiding out with my book of choice.
It was my way of escaping unhappy home situations. The library was also my main way of accessing books.
Books held an amazing world under each cover. Fiction and  Non fiction books were consumed at a rapid rate. The only time I must admit over the years that I did not want to see a book again for a while was after completing My University degree,  but this was text books.

Mr T & T is an avid reader and comes from a family who love to read.  The main literature in my house when growing up was readers digest and My Mum had a big collection of mills and Boon books. I have also met friends over the years who grew up being exposed to a great selection books but do not enjoy reading.

Many hours of reading to our kids,  always a variety of books around and encouragement may or may not have contributed to the fact that Most of our kids enjoy reading now and Miss Moo is well and truly a lover of books.

wpid-wp-1429961223242.jpeg

So how can we encourage our kids to read for enjoyment?

  • Join the local library and start when your children are young.  The library is a great place to access free books and expose kids to a wider variety.  Most libraries run storytime sessions and sessions ( for babies). Some information:
  • Western Australia  Better beginnings
  •  Libraries of SA
  • NSW Libraries
  •  ACT Libraries
  • Tasmanian public Library services
  • Cairns Libraries
  •  Melbourne Library services
  • Read to your child often and from a young age.  It is never too early to start
  • When searching for books consider your child’s interests ( it’s ok if they want to read age and content appreciate magazines,  this is still reading.
  • Take an interest in what your child is currently reading and take the time to talk about the book.  When they are younger ask questions such as Can you find… ? ,  What colour is… ?  Can you count how many…?.
  • Give books and magazine subscriptions for presents to older children.

One of our family favourites is the book – A fortunate life.  So when our gorgeous Miss Moo arrived the decision to name her was not a challenge.  ‘Myra’ was the name of Albert Facey’s (the main character) sister and our name of choice .

Not one size fits all

Recently I was at the playground with Miss Moo pushing her on the swing when I overheard a group of Mums talking about sleep routines. I won’t repeat the conversation word for word but I can tell you the following things were mentioned ; Self Soothing, cry it out , swaddling  and introducing solids early.

I found myself walking away from the playground that day thinking about the many conversations I’d had with Mr T & T over the years about the latest article or book I’d read and convincing him that whatever recent  sleep method I’d read about was a great idea and we should try it. Two weeks in and the book was back on the shelf or returned never to be spoken about again.

Some of our older kids were great sleepers and some  could have easily given night shift workers a run for their money in a competition of who is more alert after pulling an all nighter.
Of course we would get the many meaningful advisers in our younger days as parents about just leaving them cry etc.

So 15 years after our Miss Teen was born when we found out we were expecting Miss Moo I went out and began my usual quest for information from the latest experts.  Crazy I know,  after all we already had 4 kids so why would we need a book.

Truth be known reflecting now,  I was determined to do what most parents want to do,  be the best and do the best job I could. Have we tried any new methods this time around?
I can honestly say yes.  The same ones we are still doing ; What works for our family and Miss Moo.
We know this time will pass quicker than we want it to, so if that means she needs extra cuddles or to have us close by then so be it because before we know it she will be asking us to take her for driving lessons.

Please don’t misunderstand me there are lots of wonderful parenting books out there and I’m almost positive that I will read more but Just like a gorgeous winter coat ( there isn’t a one size fits each family method).

To all My Mummy friends out there and friends of mums I say be kind to yourselves and them. Parenting is a journey that never ends and each day has its challenges and celebrations.

Your doing great!

Enjoy the Moments

Jules 💜

Posted from WordPress for Android