Ugh. We were having one of those evenings where I had to repeat myself fifty-eleven times, each time more exasperating (and louder) than the last. School has only recently started back, so we’re still adjusting to earlier bedtimes and things of that nature.
After I finally got them to go to bed, I took some time to finish cleaning up and take a breath. When I went back to go turn off their lamps so I could get in my own bed, I peeked in and they were both in the corner of their beds closest to the light, each engrossed in a book. They finally brought a smile to my face, so I quietly backed away to give them more time.
So, I’ve shared in previous posts, like this one, that my daughter and I have bonded over the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. We just finished the 6th book out of 10 in the series and if you haven’t already read any of them, I strongly suggest them. They are funny fractured fairy tales, and we both love them.
My daughter recently had a book fair at her school, and she created a “Wish List’ of books she wanted that included the latest book in the series, Abby in Wonderland, which I of course okayed. Now after we finished book 6, she informed me that she when she got the book, she was going to read it… by herself!
Does she not realize I’m as invested in this series as she is? Why would she do this to me? So I told her that I didn’t think that was fair, and this was her response,
“Alright mom, I’ll wait. You do read with really good expression and that makes the book fun. Even though all the voices sound the same.”
Now, I’ve always wanted to be a great storyteller, I love listening to people who can read doing different voices for the characters and I admire their skills. I can’t seem to do that consistently (or well), so I just try to make sure I add some expression when I do read. I thought I was doing a decent job, but I didn’t have official confirmation until this moment. So I’m here to tell you, even if you can’t make the monster sound monsterly or have a teeny tiny fairy sounding voice, your child can still enjoy the story to (almost) the same extent.
Side note: I ended up telling her she could read it without me. It’s a special edition, so it won’t affect the storyline for me.
My daughter reads herself to sleep almost every night. She usually doesn’t read just one book, and she’s rather messy, so as a result, she has a plethora of books in her bed. Most recently, in an effort to look neater, she stacked the books up instead of spreading them all over the floor and bed. So I said to my daughter, “Man, you’ve got quite the stack of books there, I’m going to take a picture of this”
Her little brother, who happened to be standing in the room when I took the picture, went to his room and said, “I’m going to get my stack of books”, and proceeded to grab a stack of books off his shelf to take to his bed. 🙂
Now I don’t know if he grabbed a stack just because he saw me take a picture of hers, but I do know that as I walked out of the room, he had started trying to read from said stack.
I WILL get something about this parenting thing right.