We have family reading hour every eveningcourtesy Elizabeth and Gardner Lane
We started a new practice in our own household at the new year where each night the entire family heads to the living room for an hour or so. The only rule: It’s is a work-free zone for my husband and me. No phones. No computers. Our girls may finish their own homework during this hour, but we are simply reading books that we enjoy quietly together. My husband and I realized that we needed to do this first for ourselves, to consciously carve out a little peace in the day with our phones turned off. And then we noticed that our girls were picking up their own books and really looking forward to this time spent reading as a family. It quickly became the most treasured part of our day and creating this space to read casually together, and also trusting that there is time to step away from work and the hustle of life, that has been life-changing for us. And it’s had the side benefit of modeling for our girls that there is always time to read for pleasure. You might not know these incredible health benefits of reading.
We let our kids read whatever they wantcourtesy Elizabeth and Gardner Lane
I also try to place no limits on what my girls read—and this tip was born out of my own childhood as well as my husband’s. I absolutely fell in love with reading when I was 8 or 9 years old because I fell in love with a particular series and, trust me, it wasn’t the classics. I wrapped myself up in Sweet Valley Twins and books by Christopher Pike and John Bellairs. They probably weren’t what my parents would have chosen for me at the time, but they gave me the freedom to choose for myself. And so I dove in. And it’s in those moments, when kids are reading what they like—that a life-long reader is born. My husband has a different but no less powerful story. Since he had reading difficulties as a child, no books were appealing for him, and so his parents gave him the sports page instead. He loved it! Every day he would read the sports page—and he became an avid reader! So I say, let them read, no limits. These cozy quotes about reading will make you feel all warm and bookwormy inside.