My daughter starts Middle School next year, but apparently all of the attitude and what not that comes with it has started early. *eye roll*
So, in my efforts to keep things sane between us, I’ve tried to reach my hand across the aisle. One way I did this recently was to “help” her clean her room, in a manner that was different than my normal repeated, increasingly louder, requests for her to do so. This time, while she was cleaning, I was in her room with her, not cleaning, but rather I was reading to her while she was cleaning.
We have been reading the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski for some years now (read about our love of the series here and here), but we had gotten behind on the latest one, Spill the Beans. There’s nothing wrong with the book, but we just keep getting distracted by other titles or I’m reading to both children, and he doesn’t want to read something we’ve already started, which I totally understand.
So this particular Saturday, as much as I wanted to attack my own to-do weekend list, I told my daughter it was time to clean her room, and while she was cleaning, that I would read some more of Spill the Beans to her. That seemed to appease her, and as you can see in the picture below, she went to work while I read the next 3 chapters in the book.
Now as much as I would just prefer for her to keep her room clean day to day, I have come to terms with the fact that it won’t happen. And is reading to her while she cleans something I’m willing to commit to every weekend? Nah. However, it is something I can do every once in a while in my mission to maintain my sanity and also to keep #RaisingReaders. Just a reminder to take advantage of any opportunity to read to your children that you can!