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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Reading

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Reading

Before baby, I read at least three books a week. I'd sneak in a few chapters of a novel whenever possible. But as a mom, the hours I once reserved for slipping into the pages of a story disappeared.

I found my "must read" pile of tattered hardbacks replaced by a stack of rainbow-colored papers from preschool and ballet class. Itineraries, snack schedules, and parent handbooks took precedence over the texts that once transported me to foreign destinations. And though the words printed on the sheets don't compare to the great works, it certainly affects my child if the snack I send isn't purple and square like the assignment specified.

While growing up, I thought my mom only read magazines and the newspaper, but looking back, it was all that time allotted. She'd skim the pages of Family Circle and Woman's Day for the latest on child rearing and holiday recipes. Now an empty nester, she has a nightstand full of books.

It made me realize that the hours I spend staring at the labels of the foods my children consume and the products I buy aren't for not. The knowledge gained may not be as entertaining as that of a piece of literature, but it is just as valuable to digest.

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LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
These days I only have time for my Bible. I used to fly through a book the day I got it, and I can think of two that I've bought in the past month that I've only read two chapters of. One day when the kids are older...
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Oh boy this is so true. I got so excited when I saw that the mommies group I joined had a book club. But I realized that these people don't have infants because I just can't find the time. The only time for reading I can muster is a page or two of a magazine while in the bathroom. Maybe someday I can get it back.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Oh, my reading time has diminished by quite a bit since having kids. Books I would have finished in a day or 2 now take a week or 2. This isn't always a bad thing if the book is a good one. As Likety said, I will give up on a bad or mediocre book these days, where as in the past I'd just zoom through. Magazines fit much more easily into my schedule. I am a true bibliophile. Even with limited time the reading must take place. Sometimes the dishes have to wait.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
This is so true. But I feel I do a good job of allocating reading time for myself when my husband is not home. Otherwise, between him, kids, and furbabies- I just don't have the time to focus on more than a chapter here or there. I also leave books in the bathroom so I can squeeze in a chapter here and there.
cagey333 cagey333 9 years
I used to be a voracious reader, but am now lucky to get through a book a week. I do make time for reading - it is a priority. I would feel mentally mushy if I did not read. As such, I cut out the magazine reading in lieu of reading books.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i'm just now back to reading the way i did pre-babies and my youngest (and last) is 7. now i find that i am more demanding of the reading material and i'm frequently dissapointed with the books people recommend. a lot of books just "skip" time frames and resolve story lines in a quick paragraph of one of the characters memories which i find really weak.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Reading is something I simply have to do. I read less when the kids are really little, but it's still quite a bit.
jenn-asb jenn-asb 9 years
I have always been a voracious reader and after I had my daughter I was really missing my reading time. I realized that I had to make time for a good book whenever possible because it really is good for my mental health- turns out that my kids both are big readers and love getting lost in a good book as much as I do. I love that to them, a trip to the library is a real treat!
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