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Thinking about the Kids

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about family traditions lately.
The Oh Waily family has a couple that come to mind instantly.   Every Sunday morning we have pancakes for breakfast.  It goes without saying that the kids love that.
And the second is a much older one, Miss Oh Waily has her own song.  I created it when she was born and it is her soother before sleep.  She asks her Dad and I to sing it to her when she feels the need for comfort or closeness.

So when I read this review by Nathalie Foy I was spellbound.  We, like many parents, read to our children as part of their bedtime routine and have done so since before they were born.  I had always harboured the hope of being able to continue this practice for as long as I would be allowed.  I secretly hope to have the sort of relationship with my children that will involve the sharing of books, ideas, and the love of reading until we all grow old together.
But to manage to read each and every night like this father and daughter did.  Oh my.
I will be putting a reserve on this once it arrives at our library, it sounds inspirational.

A little bit later I read this post by Litlove.  It addresses something that the Oh Waily family will be dealing with in a few years, but has been on my mind for some time.  The potential negative aspect of schooling, and how to keep the curiosity alive in a child for as long as possible.  It was one of the reasons I was attracted to the Montessori style of education, where the child is the driver of their learning.  It is something of a quandary I find myself in.  Find a way to teach using the creative pull of curiosity, or join the mainstream push-style of education?  I know which version I wish for my children but sometimes what you wish for and what is possible do not match.
The internal debate goes on.  At least I have another year before I have to make a decision.

 

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4 thoughts on “Thinking about the Kids”

  1. Both The Reading Promise and Wise Children are going on the list. I stopped reading to C when he was around 6 as he was doing his own thing by then and I don’t think I will be starting up again but the idea is lovely. He and I have read a few in common (he is re-reading all the Potters at the moment and I am working on him to read The Hunger Games trilogy, which I loved). Obviously it’s part of my routine with R, I think I may have missed 5 nights at the most since he was 8 months. Even when we’re away I either take books or grab them from my nieces or nephew. Fantastic blog post : )

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    1. I’ll fight you for The Reading Promise. 😉 It’s on order in Central. Not even a possibility on this side of the harbour. 😦
      Ditto on Angela Carter. Except the book is actually available at the moment. But I have too big a pile already and with Mao waiting in the wings, I think discretion is going to be the better part of valour on the reading front here.

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  2. Thank you for the kind mention of my post! I just had to add that I read to my son every night until he was 12, and for a few holidays after that, we had family holiday reading books to read to one another. I loved it – it was the best part of motherhood for me (although that sounds rather dreadful when I say it like that!).

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    1. Welcome and thanks for dropping by.
      Your post was rather timely for me as my oldest child is only a year away from the beginning of her life at school. It was interesting to read your point of view, as you are getting the young ones towards the end of their academic trek. It is all grist for my mill, really.

      I hope to have such a long reading life with my children, and it doesn’t sound dreadful at all. What better time of bonding, other than the closeness as very small and dependent babies, are parents able to have with their kids? You have to be physically in the same room for a start, and that’s no mean feat today with all the technology that pulls the young into their own caves.

      And while you are here, let me say that I enjoy your reviews immensely. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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