It's Tip Tuesday!

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One of my favorite memories from childhood is my mom reading to my sister and I before bed. We would pile into my sister’s bed with mom in the middle so we could see the pictures in the book. We loved how mom would  take on different voices for the various characters in the book. It was a cherished time when we had mom “all to ourselves.” As an adult I realize we pretty much always had mom “all to ourselves,” but there was something special about story time. It was that “sacred time” set aside for snuggling and entering into new worlds of imagination through stories. And it was just for us and mom – no telephone or TV could interrupt us.

It’s never too early (or too late) to start reading with your child. Hold your baby and cuddle as you read. Your baby will then start to associate reading with positive feelings of being warm and safe.

What bedtime rituals do you remember from childhood? Have you continued something similar with your children?

16 Responses to “It's Tip Tuesday!”

  1. Rachel C March 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m here from bookroomreviews!
    One thing that my mom always did, and that I do with my children is reading before bed. They must have stories before sleeping! It settles them down and lets us have time to talk.

  2. Michelle March 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    First of all we love bookroomreviews over here at Kolcraft. 🙂 You bring up a great point about story time allowing children to “settle down & have time to talk.” That’s so important for bedtime routine & for letting them know that they have special time to talk and go over their day especially if they have something they want to share, but want to do it more in that special one on one time. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

  3. amy pugmire March 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m here from bookroomreviews too. I love your new blog. I have passed on the reading ritual my mom did with me before bedtime I was the youngest girl out of 7 and the older ones were much older so I got alot of alone time and I loved it.

  4. Michelle March 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Amy – youngest of 7? That’s great. I’m sure you appreciate having that special time! Thanks for joining our Kolcraft family!

  5. Kelly Ann T. March 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    I read to the kids just as my dad did to me. We also say our prayers and I tuck them in. As a kid I always looked forward to this special time I spent with my dad.

    I’m here from Bookroomreviews.

  6. Michelle March 3, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Kelly Ann,
    Sounds like a very soothing bedtime ritual. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  7. Jeni March 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    I also read to my kids but now that they are getting older they like to read to me which is great helps them in learning to read
    I’m here from Bookroomreviews

  8. admin March 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    That’s a great nuance to a bedtime reading tradition! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. xenia March 4, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I’m here from… well, just because I like Kolcraft products! 🙂

    I actually don’t remember any bedtime rituals from my childhood, so whether we didn’t have any specific ones or if I just have a lousy memory, I’m not sure. I have started reading with my girls at bedtime though, my 3-year-old is addicted to books and it’s fun to let her pick out new ones at the library and then see how interested she is when we get to read them. My 1-year-old is still a little squirmy, but we read to her as much as we can (and as long as she’ll sit there)! I love having the time with them and helping them wind down at the end of the day.

  10. Michelle March 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by “just because.” We love having you as part of our Kolcraft family. Thanks for sharing with us. What a neat experience to see your 3-year-old enter the world of books!

  11. Mandy March 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m here from Life Happens During Naptime.

    I read constantly to my 14 month old & it’s so much more fun now that he’s choosing books & choosing to sit on my lap & listen… & help flip pages 🙂

    I love the Jeep booster seat. We’ve run into a few issues at other people’s homes with trying to contain our son on either my husband’s or my lap & trying to get him to eat- not so easy with a squirmy child!

  12. admin March 5, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    You paint such a cute picture of reading with your 14 month old! I’m sure those are cherished times for you & him.

    Glad you like the Jeep booster seat. It is a very “convenient” product. Good luck with the contest!

  13. cd March 15, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    bookroomreviews sent me, too! I remember laying in bed reading a pile of books until I fell asleep, so now I read to my daughter then let her have books to read to herself in bed.

  14. Donna K March 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Bookroomreviews sent me. Nice blog.

  15. admin March 16, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    Thank you Donna! Great to have you here. Michelle

  16. admin March 16, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    That’s great that you are giving your child the gift of reading!
    Thanks for reading our blog. We look forward to your future comments.