Things are moving at a hectic pace around here lately. I'm picking up more classes, learning new software, gaining more writing clients -- on top of the regular stuff of the last few years. I'm focused and determined and holding myself to strict time lines so I can fit everything in.
But? When my 6yo says "Hey, Mom, can I read to you?" I drop everything and say "Absolutely! Let's go to the reading spot right now!" I don't want to stifle his new-found desire to read. When my almost 2yo brings me a book and says "Read! Book! Peeeaaassss!", I drop everything and head to the reading spot and read until she tires of sitting still. When my 8yo says "Hey, Mom! This book is really cool. Can I tell you about it?", I turn away from whatever I'm doing, look him full in the face and say "I would LOVE to hear about the book you're reading!" Then I listen and we talk about the book. Sometimes he'll read me a section.
As a parent, teaching my children to read is one of the things that fills me with pride. I never want to dampen their love of reading, and I'll do what I can to continue fostering that love.
What do you stop everything for in your family?