{Reading With Little One} Sharing a love of reading — is it supposed to be hard?

goodnight moonBefore my son came along, I knew that he was going to be a reader. At least, I hoped and hoped and hoped that he would be. One of the first things I bought for him was a book — Goodnight Moon — and since then we’ve gotten even more books!

Surprisingly, I find I’m still trying to incorporate reading into our lives by:

  1. Actually buying books for him. I’m excellent at going online and finding great books for me — but I rarely look at sales for him. Especially for books he might want to read as he grows up. Even when we go out, I always have to remind myself that if mommy gets a few books, he should get at least one! Of course, we should also be using the library, but baby steps … I can barely remember where I put my phone some days, let alone remember to return the library books.
  2. Actually remembering to set aside a reading time for the two of us in the day. Sure, I’ll read my book when he naps or when he goes to bed. But during the day we can get so busy that I forget that we should still be sitting down and reading together.

I was reminded of all of this today when we were at one of his weekly programs, Books for Babies. We had been to the same program when Lucas was about 3 months old, but he was still super little and wasn’t totally interested in what was going on. Now, he’s almost 11 months and he crawls over into the facilitators lap whenever she reads a story. He loves the touch and feel books and anything with a lion on it. He loves animated voices and singsong verses.

That got me thinking that we really should be doing more of this at home!

I mean, I call myself a reader and we barely read during the day! What’s wrong with this?!?

I always thought that reading with my child would come naturally, since I was a reader myself, but just like everything else I do during the week, I realize that I need to set aside the time and form a habit of doing it. He’s not old enough to come up to me and ask for a book, so I never have that prompt — and how is he going to ask if we never read during the day? I thought it would be easy, but I still need to work at it.

Currently, we read at night before bed — the same 6 books in rotation, all bedtime books — but we have stacks and stacks of other books that I would love to read to him. The other day I talked about how I was having trouble getting the motivation to read and blog lately — despite really, really wanting to do both! — so it’s even harder for me to remember that I have a small child who loves the fun that books bring. And I really don’t want him to only associate reading with bedtime.

Language is so important at this age, so getting into the habit of reading out loud, turning the pages, reading animatedly, and being excited about what we’re reading should really be number one on my list! Even if he’s playing with something else, I can still try and get that excitement about books. How can he get excited about it if all he sees is mom reading a book quietly? I have to show him that reading can be fun!

How do you read to your kids? Did you think it was something that would come naturally? Did you find you had to work at it? Any tips for a new mom trying to raise a reader? 


{My Latest Addiction} Being Erica

What is with Canadian TV? Specifically, all these TV shows that I always glossed over when flipping through the channels, only to recently become addicted to them?

Being Erica is my latest addiction … another CBC show. It’s a comedy drama series that sucked me in from the first episode! It’s a show about Erica Strange, a 30-something year old woman who’s life isn’t going the way she thought it would. She finds a therapist who makes her compile a list of regrets. She does this and then soon she’s being transported through time to the time of each regret so that she can change the way she acted, making it regretful no more.

As I kept watching the show, I fell more and more in love. It kind of reminds me of one of my favourite shows, Dead Like Me. Erica has the job to go back and change certain things, but other things (like the death of her brother) she can’t change. Erica reminds me of an older Georgia from Dead Like Me, and it’s so wonderful! Doctor Tom is this crazy Rube-like character who is just as quirky and funny, but still as serious, as the Dead Like Me character.

Unfortunately, the show ended after 49 episodes, which makes me sad, but reading some of the show reviews, I see that it ran a natural course and has an ending. I’m eager to get to the end, but sad that it has to end, since it’s just so good. I also like that it’s not just about Erica, but about her family members and friends. They’re all part of the story and it’s fun to see how things change along the way.

This show is smart, funny, and completely worthy of an addiction!

Have you watched Being Erica? What is your favourite TV show? 


Getting back into reading with a wicked case of “this is not that.”

If you’ve read my recent Twitter status, or saw last week’s post, you’ll see that I’ve got an addiction to get over. A TV addiction.

For 2.5 straight weeks, I watched Heartland from the first season to the end of the last season, all 122 episodes or so, all in order to catch up before the new season starts this upcoming weekend.

This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. Once I start a TV show and love it, I have a hard time concentrating on anything else, especially when it comes to books or other TV shows.

Remember that sickness that is the book hangover? Well, I have a TV hangover and while I’m trying to get over it by getting back into reading or catching up on other TV shows (I’m two weeks behind on Doctor Who!) all I can think about when I read is that what I’m reading is not Heartland. I go to bed and I dream about ranches and horses. I go running errands and I see horses in the fields and want to go ride them. I want to go search for Ty Borden or Jack Bartlett (which might not be too hard since some of these actors live in the province!).

It’s ridiculous, I tell you.

New reads

And with one of my new reads, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, I’m reminded again about my current status since the story seems to revolve around a letter found at an estate sale for an actor who was most known for his cowboy roles. When the main character, Emi, talks about the buckles this actor had from sets, or watches Western movies, I’m reminded again about all the characters I fell in love with and once again am saddened that these characters aren’t those characters.

In other words, this is not that.

But I’m trying. I’m also rereading a favourite of mine, playing music, watching those TV shows I need to catch up on and trying not to think about the 2.5 weeks I spent glued to my TV during all my spare time.

I’ll get over it, I know. At least until the next TV show or book addiction comes along.

Have you suffered from book or TV hangovers? How do you get over them?