Every day Life
Right now, I’d like to thank all of our relatives and friends for the endless supply of children’s reading material sent to us over the years. I believe those books helped turn on my daughters imagination… which helped turn her into the silly and fun thinking person she is today…..it doesn’t hurt that her father and I are truly demented beings. Some of the best times that I have spent with my daughter were when I read to her.
I don’t know if it was because we read so much to her, or that we really showed an interest in the stories, or that she is just a really good reader, but she started reading books to herself before she was five years old. Whatever the reason, I am happy that she enjoyed books so much that she created her own. Pages of cartoons about her hamster “Nibbles” were EVERYWHERE. Play dates with her friends turned into notebooks filled with the “Adventures of NIBBLES”. The whole family got in on the act….slowly we created tooth fairy characters that befriended Nibbles and their stories together. We had fun making up jokes and drawing pictures of their alphabet rhymes. …sometimes her friends joined in too, they seemed to really enjoy the tongue twisters and the adventures.
Now, years later, she is a tween. She is amazing! Yes I am blessed to have her…and YES, she is still reading books. I mean real,”hard print” books, where you have to turn the page between two-fingers books. It changed though when she was given an ipad. She read hard copy books but only because it was for homework and these books couldn’t be found in electronic form. When this happened I started to look for books that might peak her interest, help her destress from a day at school and take a breather from the ipad which was her goto for destressing. I chose the silly cartoon books that seemed to speak to the most silliest of children….”Captain Underpants”,”Calvin and Hobbes”, “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” and don’t forget “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” (not a cartoon, but definitely a favorite). It helped but it’s taken a lot of effort to get her back to reading and loving to read the way it was before.
Before I started this blog post, my daughter and I talked about how much we enjoy books, and she said that one of the best things about reading a book was to open a new book and smell the new print.…can’t get that from an ipad.
I’m sure that there are many reasons why Steve Jobs did not want his children to have ipads (or similar electronic devices), to me I can see that electronic devices can kill the imagination if you’re not careful.
Read to your children, it’s a great adventure that you can go on together without even leaving your house.
…you won’t regret it.
LOVE, PEACE AND JOY!