If you've been reading this blog for even 5 minutes then it's pretty obvious we are a family of book lovers. The other day I found myself laughing at an incident, which might cause most parents distress (a public temper tantrum), but for me was a clear indication that I was doing at least one thing correctly as a parent: I was raising readers — kids who love books and reading.
So for a bit of summer blogging fun here are:
12 signs you are Raising a Reader.
1. They have a temper tantrum on the sidewalk outside the library when you say you don't have time to go in today.
2. They finish reading their library books before you even get home.
3. The only effective threat you have in your parenting arsenal is "If you don't [do what I ask] I'll return your books to the library."
4. Your 8 year old wants to go to the library for his play date.
5. Your kids shout "hooray!" and do an elaborate dance when you tell them it's time to read the next chapter of your current read aloud.
6. Even though the library card limit is 99 books, you still reach the limit. With 3 cards.
7. You've had a book checked out for so long you thought you owned it.
8. Your 8 year old screams, "but I haven't finished my book!" when you tell him it's time for bed/school/eating.
9. Your 4 year old dissolves into tears when he accidentally tears a book page.
10. You have more books than toys.
11. When your kids get books as gifts, they say, "AWESOME!"
12. Your kids would rather use your laptop to browse the online library catalog than watch YouTube videos.
Are you raising a bookworm? How do they show their love of books? Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Leave a comment and make us smile.