Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Glasses, Goodnight George Clooney
Goodnight soup bowl
Goodnight Mr. Nobody
Goodnight garage that needs cleaning
Mama! It does not say that!
What? Huh? Oh sorry, honey.
Nothing like reading one of the classics for the hundredth time after a long day and a big dinner to have the snoozes hit you like a ton of bricks. Your eyes start to water, the head bobs set in and then the incoherent babbling starts.
I have caught my husband blurting out work reports to a tired child at bedtime and God knows what gossip I have imparted to my kids before they elbowed me. First-time parents may feel guilty over this phenomenon, but don't worry it happens to everyone. As my friend Karen Green says: just make sure you don't promise them a car or a pony while in your semi-conscious state.
It does get better as the books get more complicated and take more attention. You find yourself less likely to nod off while reading (though it is not impossible). My youngest is five and just on the cusp of moving on from the tried and true to some more complex reading.
She wants to read chapter books, but doesn't quite have the attention span for the good stuff. And I refuse to read the hordes of girly-girl books that are coming home in the catalogues. The adorable Ladybug Girl is a favourite right now. Lulu is a heroine for our time and was a great recommendation from Alice over at Shelf Candy at urbanmoms.ca.
My soon-to-be eight-year-old is devouring the Zac Power series about a young spy, complete with gadgets and Green Day on his iPod.
My 11-year-old is usually reading two books at once and we are finding it difficult to keep supplied. He recently decided to go back and re-read the Narnia series, but he finished that while he was sick so my husband gave him the Dan Brown novel: The Lost Symbol. I'm not sure about the appropriateness for a tween, but when my son was too sick to read to himself and I was reading to him, I definitely did not fall asleep. In fact, I'm kind of wondering what happened to Bellamy.
Do you ever nod off while reading to your kids? What are your kids' current favourites?
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