Finding ways to stay inspired means lots of reading for me. This can seem like a low priority when chasing after a super active 4 year old.
Finding moments to "escape" into a good book never gets old.
Do you find it difficult to read? Are your caretaking responsibilities making it the last item on your to do list? If so don't worry, with the various methods to consume content these days the options to get reading are a plenty. Over the years I have found a few ways to get back to reading.
In this post I will share my top 3 tips I use to read even with a little one under 5 years old.
Utilizing various methods to get reading has helped me tremendously. Podcasts, Audiobooks, Apps, and good old fashion book in hand method keeps me reading dozens of books yearly. Depending on the day it could be an audio version of a book, Kindle Reader, or sneaking a quick read while on a field trip to the local park.
Making time for yourself to read is a great way to feel connected and grow.
After checking a recent Instagram post it came to my attention January 24th is National Readathon Day.
Our always "on" digital culture we live in leaves minimal concentration time to focus on reading. How do I make the time? See my 3 tips below…
First things first…remember your local library? Ok maybe as a kid it drove you mad learning the dewey decimal system. Well I promise technology has come a long way since then. Scheduling time either to visit your local library online or in person is my top tip for learning to appreciate reading again. When you have little ones under 5 years a library can be a goldmine for them and you.
According to a recent Huffington Post article:
- Regular library visits lead to more reading
- Owning a library card teaches your child responsibility
- Library time is active, not passive
During the week we make an effort to visit the library up to 3 times. Saturday and Sunday hours make it so if we are busy during the week, this is an easy and FREE activity. With Transitional Kindergarten beginning late August we are feeling ahead of the game. Our daughters vocabulary, emerging reading skills, and attempts to print her name show she's had great literary exposure. Have you found the same for your little one?
While she is busy with the library computer, storytime, playdates, or puzzles I grab my books and get in a bit of reading. Sure it may only be in 10 -15 mins increments. Still this can add up over time. Try it!!
Secondly…utilize the library online system to place books on HOLD. This can help streamline your library time when only short visits are convenient. Visit the library when your schedule allows, scoop up your titles of choice, check them out, and your DONE! With a little one at your knees it can be very difficult to look for books uninterrupted. Having them on hold in advance makes it easy and painless.
Third…let your library foot the bill. What I mean is, if you have a title you'd like added to the library stacks request they purchase it. Check with your local librarian for more details. Here is an example of where I have requested dozens of books from our local library. This tip allows me to read what I like, as much as I like, but really cut down on using precious family funds. Remember libraries are funded with tax dollars and donations. Let me know if you were successful!!
Are you ready to appreciate reading again? Keep me posted on how it goes for you. And if your ready to take it a step further make a pledge at Good Reads. This site is a great place to find interesting titles and connect with other readers.
Have you found ways to appreciate reading again? If so please share your 1 tip in the comments below.