Family Reading Times

Creating Precious Memories

Among the most special times you can have with younger children – ages 3 – 13 – are family reading times. We started these a bit late in our family, but I am so glad for every time we did have for they create very special memories that your kids will look fondly back on 10, 20, and 30 years from now.

To have these times requires some discipline. A “catch-as-catch-can” approach does not work—the “can” part never materializes. So what the Hamrin family did was gather right after supper for 10 to 20 minutes to read a book together.

The big hit with our kids—and my wife and I–was our very first effort: reading the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. We announced to our three kids (when the girls were 6 and our son was 9) that the time had arrived when the wonderful family adventure of “living in the land of Narnia” for a few months was about to begin.  We went through the whole series again with them about 5 years alter – as magical as ever.

Right after supper, Krista and Kira snuggled up on either side of the parent reading on the big sofa, and Eric curled up with the other parent on the loveseat. The sheer feeling of togetherness as a family was an extra-special benefit of these times together.

Many, many books followed over the coming years. So do yourself and your kids a big favor and begin to carve out a small bit of time each evening for reading and snuggling, knowing that you are creating precious memories with your children.

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