Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting
December 7, 2016
Day Seven: Reading Together...
My kiddos are 13 and 136 years old. Still, I read to them at night before they go to sleep. While we don't get to do it every night, as their schedules are busier, and we have graduated to reading Harry Potter and Little Women, it continues to be treasured time together. We snuggle under covers together, and I read.
Sometimes, on a rainy afternoon, we may choose to snuggle up in our big chair and read a few chapters. I love that both of my children still want to sit in my lap, on occasion. This treasured quality time has been building for many years. It is something I started when they were very young. And now, it has become an important ritual. When we haven't been able to read at bedtime for a while, something is missing , and we seem to crave it. And so, we make it happen.
This time together has created a very beautiful piece of connectedness among us. We laugh at the silly parts, especially when a tired momma mispronounces a word. We cry at the sad parts. We talk about the tough stuff. And sometimes we just read and listen. These same kinds of moments have transferred to the other parts of our lives. Because we practice laughing and crying and discussing as we listen to the stories of others, we are able to do the same together when we share our own stories.
Books give us something to dream about and something to relate to. They open the door for conversations that we may never have, otherwise. They provide us opportunities to practice, if only in theory, for difficult situations. Most importantly, this momma is grateful to have created this treasured and safe place for my children to always return to....
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