Now that I am pregnant, and my due date is nearing, I of course spend some time thinking about how things will be after I have given birth. I’m not someone who dreams often about how their child will turn out. You’ll have probably heard me gushing more about the cats than about the fact I am pregnant. I am more of a realist in this situation. I know it will bring something great, but it also isn’t going to be easy. I mean, how much time will I still have left to read? This keeps me up at night, you know. (I’m kidding, but I do think about it)
I do think about values and things I would like to give my child. One of those things is reading of course. I don’t think I am the only mom to be (or those of you that are already mothers) in the reading world that have certain wishes regarding that subject.
I don’t think it would upset me in anway if this child would not be a big reader or any other future children we might have. You can’t force it on anyone. However I would feel bad if this child, for whatever reason, dreaded or disliked reading books. Because there is no reason someone should dread reading. Reading is a part of life. We all do it. Just some more than others. Comics, magazines, web site articles are also things you read.
But back to the title of this post. Five things that would make me happy as a reading mommy. Would you know I have kept switching around those last two words? Mommy reader or reading mommy? Anyway here are five things I am looking forward to that have to do with reading and my (future) child.
- Reading to my child
Really, you can’t start early enough with this I feel though I don’t think I am doing this during my pregnancy. But reading picture books with my child is something I am looking forward to.
- Picking out a book together to read
At some point he or she will be able to pick out a book themselves, and I’ll be curious to see what book this will be.
- Teaching (or helping) my child to (learn to) read
This differs per child. Some children are ready to start learning to read before school starts to teach them, others aren’t. Either way I am looking forward to helping them with this. I can have patience, you know. Haha.
- Taking my child to the library
Taking this child to the library sounds exciting. I remember going to the library with my mom well, and just browsing on my own at an older age. And I am interested to see what will appeal to this child outside of the books we have at home.
- My child reading his or her first book on their own
Such a milestone. My first book I read on my own was BFG by Roald Dahl.
What was the first book you read on your own?