Monkey See, Monkey Do

January 11, 2010

Or maybe it should be Squirrel See, Squirrel Do.  With all my crack addict book addictions lately, I think I might be striking a spark in my nine-year-old son.  He has never been a reader by choice, only because I make him read 30 minutes a day.  But lately, my crack  book addiction has increased so has his curiosity. 

Now the last couple of books I’ve read (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Maze Runner) really got me excited about reading.  I’d find myself talking to my hubby about the stories and then my son would ask questions, excited too.  Parts of the story I could share with him but some parts were not appropriate.  BUT…what I have noticed is that he is starting to read with a little less complaint and talks about what he read with a little more enthusiasm.   Bringing home his book report book…”Mom, Mom, you’ll probably want to read this book.  It’s about dragons in backyards.  I think it will be cool.” 

And my heart stopped.  Could my little angel be picking up my good crack habits--ahem--I mean book habits?  I wasn’t a child who lived in books.  Sure there were phases in my youth that I divulged in a book or two but for the most part, no.  After the boys were born I missed reading but couldn’t find anything to capture my interests.   A year ago, the movie Twilight came out and--I don’t want her you people sigh, just listen--and I saw the movie and thought; Wow, pretty cool.  It’s a book?  I’ll pick it up and check it out.  BOOM!  Fire lit, and I have not stopped reading since. 

It was hard after finishing the books to find more that captivated me so well.  I kept going to the bookstore, bought a lot of duds then eventually I started finding more and more books for me.  The more I read, the easier it was for me to determine if that book was for me.  So now I am trying to teach this to my son so he never loses the momentum. 

So along with picking up the occasional swear word (Please, everybody slips.) children can also pick up your good habits too. So let your kids see you curl up with a good book and converse with them about the fire it strikes within you.

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  1. What a great post! I read tons. Now I'm going to start secretly whispering bits of it to my hubby. My kids WOULD be picking up the books (kind of like when they try to see who I'm talking to on my phone). Genius plan. Bwa-ha-ha!

  2. I read a book every two or three days! I am obsessed! twilight was fantastic, sorry but it was!

  3. Good post.
    I know I learned to love books from my parents. There would always books around and my parents read a lot. It made reading seem like the most natural thing in the world to me.
    The best leadership, in my opinion, is by example.

  4. What a great post! I don't have kids yet but I'll keep your thoughts in mind when that time comes. :D

  5. I read Twilight because of the movie too :) It's my secret shame.

    Now I'm obsessively reading the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series (SO GOOD.)

    I hope that the enthusiasm for reading sticks with your son!

  6. Yeah, I'm trying really hard to encourage reading to my 5 little ones. I currently am reading them "the Lightning Thief," which is quite a bit over their heads, but they still enjoy it.

    That, and I read out of a children's bible which is nice for them and they really enjoy that.

    I bought my oldest 2 a couple of young readers books for them to work on, so at the moment, they are getting some pretty good exposure to the book world. I'm excited for them.

  7. My eight year old likes when I read her children's novels like Ramona or American Girl books... now I've just got to get her to enjoy reading without me!

    Great post as always Gwoe :)

  8. Catherine – I find in the blog world a lot of adults reading MG. Besides Harry Potter I’m not sure what is out there that might peak my interest. You should do a blog about your favorite MG books. If you don’t I’m going to have Stephanie over at Hateshepsut to do it.

    V.S. – Don’t apologize for reading Twilight. It WAS good even though Stephenie Meyer gets a lot of crap for having a rabid cult following. It’s like the academy snubbing the blog busters just because the masses loved it.

    Dominique – I like your opinion. And my hopes are that one day reading is just as natural to them as it is in your family.

    Bethany – Oh the stored file of before kids will get pretty big.

    Amalia – “Secret shame” I have it too and feel judged all the time . I’ll check out your recommendation, my stash is getting a little low ;)

    Void - I want to read the Lightening Thief, especially after I saw the movie trailer. You have to do a book review when you are done. And in case I have not said this before, 5 children?

    Diana – I tried reading with my nine year old and he is bored to tears by me and I have pretty good voices. I feel like he thinks he’s too old for that stuff since he has a younger bother. I’m sure pretty soon he will be too cool to hug me in public too. Oh sigh.

  9. BTW... I'm an idiot or a at the very least a dork. I reworked my blog page yesterday and mucked with my settings and I put my "About Me" title in the "name" field, so instead of "Girl with One Eye" comments you got "About Me" comments. *shakes head* I fixed it though. Sorry to confuse.

  10. I'm trying really hard to encourage reading to my 5 little ones. I currently am reading them "the Lightning Thief," which is quite a bit over their heads, but they still enjoy it.

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