5 Tips To Find Time To Read When You Have Little Ones
Today is Read Across America Day, and it got me thinking. I used to read all the time. Like crazy devour a book in a day reading. I never thought about it. I just picked up a book and read. Well after 5 little ones, it has become a purposed activity. A few years ago, I noticed that I had not picked up a book in years, so I came up with a strategy to change that. Today seems like the perfect day to share some of my tips!
Keep a Book Accessible
When you are running around cleaning up after little ones, changing diapers, and focusing on everyone else you hardly sit down. When you do get a breath to yourself, if you have a book handy it helps you not check Facebook or play on your phone but pick up a good book instead.
Schedule Some Me Time
If you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen. Take at least an hour a week to be all about you. Soak in the tub with some tea, and grab a good book. Shut out the world and immerse in your book.
Join A Book Club
Let’s face it, if we put a deadline on it, we are more likely to make time! Ther is the added bonus: it is a great chance to get out for some adult time! Can’t find a book club? Start one!
Read Short Books
Sometimes we can feel intimidated to read a long novel. Try short stories to start with. Sometimes it can be easier to find time to read 100 pages rather than 600.
Make Reading Time Part Of The Daily Schedule
Take a part of the day, say after lunch, and schedule that everyone picks a book to look through. Not only can you get a chapter or 2 in, but you will make reading a daily occurrence for your children too.
Being a reader encourages your children to read. In this day and age, people are “plugged in” and not spending nearly as much time in a good book. I for one miss it!