Some nights I am exhausted (ok – most nights), and like many moms, I often have the urge to rush through storytime (as I mentioned in this post about our children’s bedtime storytime routine. When I feel this way I try to remember this time with them is so precious and won’t last forever. And seriously, how can I say no when my daughter’s cute little voice says, “can we read another book mom?”.
Tonight I fed the kids dinner, gave them baths super early, and then when my husband got home I ran on the treadmill. Lately I have been running after the kids go to bed, which stinks because the night is gone before I know it. I finished running shortly after 8pm and came upstairs to find my husband reading The Rainbow Fish to the kids. There is something so sweet about seeing a father read to his children. A dad’s voice is just so soothing and you wouldn’t believe how much better they sat in the chair with him! Then we read a few more of our favorites including one that will be reviewed soon called Wherever You Are.
There is just something so calming about storytime with the kids. I think it’s the combination of my daughter’s peaceful room, our cozy reading chair, the stillness of the house with only the words of our favorite book, and my little ones in my lap. It’s so nice to wind down with them as they get ready for bed.
What does your children’s storytime entail? Please share your favorite bedtime books and storytime traditions with us!
Tonight’s storytime included a SpongeBob SquarePants coloring book. Yes, you heard me right. Of all the wonderful children’s books we own, this is what my kids chose. As a mom, I don’t like SpongeBob. I guess I just don’t find the cartoon to be “toddler-appropriate”. Regardless, they loved the halloween-themed coloring book my husband bought for them at the grocery store and tonight it became storytime. Oh well…at least they enjoyed it!
I love our bedtime routine: bath, brush teeth, and books…and a story…oh and a song! Probably similar to many households with young children. They will do anything to delay going to bed. And rightfully so -there’s just something I love about cuddling with my clean, strawberry shampoo-smelling kiddos while we read their favorite books. No television, no iphones, no distractions – just time well spent together.
There was a period of time when I would rush through storytime. It think it was when my daughter was around 6 months old and my son had just turned 2. They kept me busy, and like most moms, by 8pm I was wiped. But then I started to realize how fast kids grow up and that someday I would think back to these days and how great they were. I mean I already miss rocking my kids when they were babies!
So we first read books to my two-year old daughter, Layla. Sometimes we all sit together in our big cozy white rocking chair – and sometimes my son Johnny stands to the side because he’s a “big boy”. Right now she picks I Love You Through and Through and the Dr. Suess classic, One fish two fish red fish blue fish. What I like about these books is they are great for many ages. Both of my kids have loved them as infants, babies, and now toddlers. I Love You Through and Through is a great rhyming read that isn’t a story, but rather a visual explanation of how they will be loved from top to bottom, ending with “I love you through and through, yesterday, today, and tomorrow too.” One fish two fish red fish blue fish is perfect right now because I’m really working with her on her colors (for awhile everything was “blue”)! This whimsicle book is full of images and sections that make no sense – which makes it perfect for the toddler who likes to skip around and turn their own pages. I’ve read this book so much to my kids and I honestly never get tired of it. I think that’s the true test – when both kids and parents can read the same book night after night!