Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and TD Summer Reading Club and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.
Parenting is hard. Some days it’s easy, other days I feel like a failure.
I feel like I don’t do enough when it comes to my children’s development – it’s been a learning process and challenge for myself as a parent to develop my girls’ vocabulary and reading skills.
Plus, the amount of information on children’s development is overwhelming – especially when the information to do certain things when Annaliese was born had changed by the time Abigail was born (2 years later). My conclusion is: there is not one right way to parent.
One of the only consistent developmental activities my husband and I have done with our daughters is: read to them. It’s never too early to start reading to your children! A few ways we’ve encouraged reading as they’ve grown are:
We developed a bedtime routine that included a book being read every night, and it’s something they both will fuss over if we forget to do.
My husband (a book lover) reads his novels in front of them, demonstrating through actions how enjoyable reading is.
I keep books in the car for my daughters to read/look at on long or short trips. It always warms by heart when I can hear Annaliese reciting her book (she can’t read words yet) to the best of her memory to Abigail.
We make picnic dates where I let the girls fill a backpack with their choice of books, then we go somewhere in our community, treat ourselves to a snack, and read. It’s easy. It let’s my daughters feel involved in the planning, and gets us out of our home for some fresh air and books.
We visit our local library – we love exploring new books and topics. We signed up for the TD Summer Reading Club (the preschooler version) this year and set our goal to read new books every week.
Annaliese loves filling her notebook (which is bilingual, half in English and the other side est en Français), that she received at the library when we signed up, with stickers for every new book we read together. It’s humorous how stickers can be the ultimate reward.
How to raise a reader? Take part in the TD Summer Reading Club anywhere! It’s a free program available at 2000 public libraries across Canada and online, and is easy to fit into your summer plans. Better yet, it’s never too late to participate.
This year, Canada’s 150th birthday, the TD Summer Reading Club is highlighting Canadian culture, authors, illustrators, and stories. The 2017 recommended reading list includes 75 English titles and 75 French titles showcasing the diverse talents of Canadian writers and illustrators.
There’s no better time to start good reading habits with your children than now! Stop by your local library to join the TD Summer Reading Club!
And the best part? You can enter to win the TD Summer Reading Club’s top reads list by entering below!
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The contest will close Thursday, August 17th. Winner will be verified on Friday. The contest is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.