We’re back in business.
School’s in session, and we’re all slowly but surely trying our best to adjust to our new fall schedules.
And we’re tired.
I mean it. Tired. Kids are tired. Parents are tired. Everyone’s tired.
I know it will get easier, but man.
There’s nothing like those first few Friday afternoons of the school year, especially a Friday after a five-day week.
It’s literally all I can do to keep my kids composed from school to home. They’re beat. They’ll cry at the drop of a hat, and they’re quick to argue, pick, and prod.
So especially because it’s a new school year and we’re all picking up new routines and schedules, it’s uber-important for us to sit down with our kids and read with them before bed.
Really. No matter how old our kids are. Even if they’re in elementary school or middle school.
If they want to read with us, we should be game for it.
Make it a date.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Nighttime Reading with Elementary Schoolers–Make it a Date:
Put a reading schedule on the calendar in ink, rotating the days you read with each kiddo. Or read together. Or do it according to books. Read one book with one kid and while you do so, the others can read silently in their rooms.
I know very few of us have kids the same age, with the same interests, who want to read the same books.
You’ll figure it out.
Bottom line is that a lot can go down during bedtime reading, so it’s way too important to give up.
Kids want to hang with us. They most often think we’re pretty cool. So that guaranteed time at night is a super time for them to open up about school, friends, concerns, and dreams.
Not sure where to begin? What books to read with your crew?
No fear. Check out Maggie McGuire’s Top 100 Books that Parents Love to Read to their Kids as a start.
It can be anything. The most important thing is that you’re reading. With your littles. No matter their age.
What’s your favorite bedtime read? I’d love to hear it! Share it in the comments!
Cheers, and happy reading during this incredibly exciting journey!