Oh, parenting. I'm 1000% convinced that none of us know what the hell we're doing. I'm also 1000% convinced that some of us can hide that fact WAY better than others can.
I, for one, have no idea what I'm doing. I had this perfect picture in my head of the mom I was "supposed to be" and the mom I was "going to be" (which was the best mom ever, of course). Some days, I am. Some days, I'm definitely, definitely not. Truth be told I'm probably a hodge-podged mess of who I thought I would be, who I was "supposed" to be, and who I'd like to be.
But the ONE thing that has remained constant in my parenting must-dos, is the desire to pass along the importance of reading to Linc and any other children we may be fortunate enough to have.
As we saw in yesterday's post, I was lucky enough to have a Build a Library baby shower to get us loaded up before Linc entered the world. Books and the love of reading and learning are so ingrained into our family and has become one of our fundamental values guiding everything from our home decor to how we spend our free time.
As a result, Linc is an extremely conversational kid who loves picking out books to read as a family. We read before every single nap or bedtime. Weekend trips to the bookstore are regularly on the agenda. When we travel, we often bring back a book from that city or state. So yesterday, we sat down to have an unplugged conversation about books:
Q: Why do you like to read books?
A: "I like all the pictures, the stories, and everything that’s in a book."
Q: Who do you read books with?
A: "Daddy and mommy and by myself. And with Owen."
Q: What is your favorite thing about reading?
A: "It’s fun!"
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: *As he looks at his overflowing bookshelf next to his bed* " Um... Super Submarines, Captain Underpants, Dog Man, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and all the Spiderman ones"
Q: Why do you like this book?
A: "Because they have lots of pictures in them. And lots of pages to read!"
Q: What is your favorite part about the book?
A: "The spine" (hahaha - Oh well, he's 4)
Q: Why would you suggest this book to a friend?
A: "It’s fun and good for you and makes you smart!"
So, no - I don't feel like I do it all right. But when it comes to my child understanding the importance of book and education, I am so proud of the foundation we have built for him. I can't wait until he learns to read, gets old enough for us to read Harry Potter together, and to see which genre he falls in love with the most.
Here's a super cute picture where he recognized one of my favorite author's books (Jamie McGuire) on the shelf at B&N and insisted on taking a picture: