You guys, I have a confession.
I don’t read to my son.
I have every intention of reading with him and of cultivating another book lover for our family, but other than the occasional chapter of a book read by Ben while E’s nursing and one bedtime story, I really don’t. The reasons:
(1) The kid can’t sit still. At 9 months, he is a constantly moving target and trying to read a book to him results in said book being pried from my hand, placed in his mouth, and usually carried across the room.
(2) Weekdays are so busy. We spend our morning getting ready and head to daycare/work around 8am. By the time I pick him up and get home in the evening, it is 6pm. And with a 7pm bedtime, that barely leaves enough time for dinner and maybe an evening stroll. Not much leisure time for reading.
(3) I keep thinking I’ll get to it when he’s just a little bit older. The he gets a little bit older and I put it off some more.
If a tendency to pull all of the books off the shelves is an indication of a future reader, then I’m all set. But I fear more is required.
So I need your advice. How do I introduce Evan to books? What did/do you do with your kids? Do I just need to be patient and let him eat the books for now and just be glad he’s showing some form of interest in them? Do I need to try harder to get him to sit still and listen to a story?