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1. Start reading from the very beginning
I began reading to my son in utero. Establishing this routine before he was born made it that much easier to keep up once he was on the outside. Lol. If this wasn’t you that’s ok! The point is to start even if your bebé is more grown up.
2. Read aloud every day
Reading aloud has so many benefits. Remember how I said I started while I was pregnant? It
was already a habit I had built so I didn’t have to think about doing it every night. I just did it. If you haven’t already established a reading routine it’s not too late to start! Print out my free reading tracker and color in a circle or add a sticker for every day that you read. Include your peque in this process, if they are old enough, so they are excited about it! Your little peques crave consistency. They will so look forward to this quality time in your lap or snuggled up together each day.
3. Have conversations
4. Re-read favorites often
5. Make books easily accessible
If we want those chulos of ours to read we need to surround them with books! We have books on our nightstands, in baskets around the house, in the car and even in the bathroom. (Don’t judge…before people started scrolling el feis on the porcelain throne they were reading books there!) Make them accessible but be strategic. In the play area, I keep the board books and not so easily destroyed books on the lower shelves for my bebés to easily access but keep more delicate books out of reach but still in plain sight.
6. Visit the library/bookstore often
7. Allow them to choose their books but mix in a few of your own choices
8. Leave time for silent reading too
Reading aloud es mega importante. There is no arguing that but there are also many benefits to having even just 10 minutes of quiet time. Your bebes need time to wind down and relax too. They start to become more independent and builds confidence. Most importantly it’s quiet. Enjoy the sweet silencio.
9. Model reading
I read in front of my nenes all.the.time. When they settle down for independent playtime or welp…a little bit of screen time, I take out a book of my own and read. Our bebés watch EVERYTHING that we do and mimic our behaviors. Why do you think they are so quick to repeat that f-bomb you dropped by accident? We are the people they see most often and naturally they will do as we do. I can’t even begin to count how many times I ‘ve sat down to read while they play only to have Señorita climb up on the couch next to me with a book of her own.
Not only does me taking a time to read get them excited to do it themselves, but it also gives me a much needed mental break from the stresses of everyday life. Even just ten minutes of reading for my self is enough to help me relax a little therefore making me a more tranquil mamá. #selfcareisntselfish