For a few years in my childhood my mother owned a boutique and right next to that boutique was a bookstore. My mom would pick us up from school and take us back to her store. I was so excited because instead of helping my mom or doing homework like I was supposed to, I would go to the bookstore, find a corner (with the permission of the shop owner, of course) and just escape into the amazing world of books. I read as many books as I could get my hands on, for hours on end until they had to ask me to leave because the store was closing.
It’s no secret amongst my friends and family members that I am a bookworm. I love to read and consider myself blessed to be living in an age where information is so readily available.I remembered as a child always having my head in a book, on long road trips and even at parties and family gatherings. English Literature and Creative Writing were two of my favorite classes in school.
That passion to read and learn continues today in my adult life. Books make a difference, as they have shaped who I am with respect to the various roles I play in my life – wife, blogger, business owner and most definitely mother.
I was fortunate enough to marry a man who loves to read as much as I do, even though our tastes in books are quite different. When we became parents, we both agreed that reading to our children would become a part of our parenting routine. We were blessed to have a great head start on this by receiving many, many books from friends and family before and after the birth of our two sons.
Books are a daily part of our lives and they have contributed to a wonderful and special relationship with our children. We started reading to our sons when they were about 7 or 8 months old, old enough to sit up. We read to them in the morning, in the afternoon before naptime, and at nighttime before they got to bed. It is a special bonding time that is peaceful, calm and uninterrupted with our children.
They both love to read and it is wonderful to see how much they learn from reading. Our oldest can recite the words of an entire book – Little Blue Truck – from memory because of how many times we’ve read it to him. He’s learnt his ABCs, numbers, colors and shapes all from reading. One night when our youngest was 15 months old, I picked out a random book about numbers and counting. He absolutely loved it and would ask for it repeatedly at naptime and bedtime. Three months later on our family vacation in Florida, he surprised us all by counting to ten as he was walking down the stairs! I had no idea that he even count. He too knows his ABCs, can count up to 13 and is learning words, colors and shapes.
There is nothing that gives us greater joy that to snuggle with our kids at naptime and at night time and read their favorite books with them. We can tell they love it too – if we ever tried to put them to bed without reading at least one book – oh my do they protest indeed! It does not go over well.
Specific books that have helped me as a Mom
The No Cry Sleep Solution – When my oldest was born, I had no idea what I was doing and he wouldn’t sleep. He would only take 30-minute naps and would wake up every 2-3 hours at night. I was utterly exhausted and could barely function.
Of course, being the bookworm that I am, I turned to books for help and came across this gem. I learnt so much from this book about how babies sleep and the importance of establishing a nighttime routine. This book served as the catalyst for our daily naptime/nighttime readings. I am continually recommending this book to my friends who mention their kids aren’t sleeping well.
The Sleep Easy Solution – Another great book that teaches parents about babies, nighttime routine and sleep.
Favorite Books from James and Dominic
- The Five Little Monkeys Play Hide & Seek
- Little Blue Truck
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Baby’s First 100 Words
- The Busy Baby Books – ABCs, 123, Shapes and Colors
- Good Night Farm
- Finding Nemo
- The Night Before Christmas
How have books made a difference in your life in in your role as a parent? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below :).
Note: There are affiliate disclosures in this post. At no cost to you, I receive a small commission for any purchases you make from clicking on these links. Helps me to keep things running around here, and I only recommend products that I personally love and use. Click here for my full disclosure policy.