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An Easy Way to Encourage Your Toddler to Love Reading

Last week I talked about how I have begun to read chapter books to my kids, and I think it’s so important to start instilling  a love of reading in children from a very young age.

One great way I’ve found to do this is to love reading myself, and to let my kids see that. I’m one of those people who gets entirely wrapped up in a novel to the point that I will sit in a chair all day and read, totally neglecting the rest of my responsibilities.

I was recently telling a friend about this, and explaining to her why I couldn’t start reading The Hunger Games books, because I was just too busy and had too much going on to get sucked into those books, and she had some great advice for me.

She said, “At least your kids will see you reading, and see how important it is to you, and that definitely counts for something.” Hmm, my friend was actually encouraging me (kind of) to let go of other things in life to just sit and read, and that it was okay, and even good for my kids to see me doing that! Count me in!

So, since that conversation I’ve made more of an effort to make reading a priority at least some point during the day. And I’m happy to say that with my recent trip out of town, I was able to start, and finish all three Hunger Games books – and thoroughly enjoyed them!

My husband also loves to read and always has a large stack of books on his bedside table that he’s working on. Although he does most of his reading at night after the kids are in bed, they still know that their daddy also loves to read.

My kids already love to sit and pour over books, even without me reading to them, and I hope that continues to grow into a similar love of pouring through books that my husband and I are modeling for them.

If you’re wondering how to find the time to read, there are some great tips in this post for fitting in reading as a busy mom of little ones.

Do you read in front of (not to) your kids? How do you instill a love of reading in your children?

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