Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reading Parties - a parenting dream come true

When my twin sister and I were about 12 years old, we used to have "Reading Parties" with our mother in my parents' king size bed. Each of us would read our own book quietly, but we'd all be together. Since having Christopher I realized that this was my mother's way of getting her own reading time in, and I have been looking forward to that the time when Christopher would be old enough for us to have our own reading party.

Guess what? That time is here!

On 12/22 Christopher and I had our very first reading party. We had been talking on the way home from wrestling practice about when we could buy some Junie B. Jones books. I told him when he finished a whole Junie B. book, then we could go to the book store and buy a couple to keep. He had borrowed Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus from the school library that day.

When we got home, he took his shower quickly, and then we got comfy in my bed. He read 4 chapters of Junie B. while I read Heartless. It was wonderful!


He finished the book by the end of the next week, so we went to Barnes and Noble last weekend, and he picked out 3 Junie B. books to keep. I see plenty more reading parties in our future!


Have you ever had a reading party?

12 comments:

  1. I love this and I sincerely hope to do this with my girls someday!!

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  2. I need to remember to do this more often - not that my kids don't read all day anyway but it would be a good excuse for me to read during the day.

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    1. Yes! It's a good way to model reading, and snuggle together while all reading. It's a win-win really. :)

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  3. I LOVE this! I am definitely borrowing this idea. Possibly today :-).

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    1. Also wanted to share that some of my mom friends and I have been discussing having a different kind of reading party. This involves us all getting together and sitting (with a glass of wine) reading our books and not talking to each other while our spouses watch the kids (elsewhere). So far we haven't made this a reality, but it's a nice idea, isn't it?

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    2. OMG...as far as your other idea, that sounds amazing! I really want to go on a reading retreat with my book club friends. Someday maybe! :)

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  4. I LOVE this! I do this with my boyfriend, if that counts... hahaha. My little sister loved Junie B Jones too! Great books.

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    1. That counts! My friend and her husband have "library time" where they each read their own book. That would be wonderful as well, but Jim doesn't really read (other than audio books).

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  5. This looks like so much fun. I can't wait to do this with my little guy when he's older!

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    1. Yes! I hope he loves reading as much as you do.

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