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Wanda Linda (one of our faves!)

In most states now, kids are back and school and the weekly ritual of homework has begun.

Christmas holidays are fast becoming a distant memory, and so we are all getting back to our daily, nightly and weekly routines.

In our house a big part of our routine is reading.

Do you read to your kids?

Both my husband and I have read to our kids since they were teeny.

Part of the motivation is selfish. We love reading, so therefore why not encourage the kids so we can all get quite reading time!

The other motivation is sheer pleasure.  reading a funny, silly or interesting book with your kids is a great way to escape the world, the housework and any leftover grumpiness at the end of the day.

It’s hard for anyone to stay grumpy when you are reading about Wanda Linda’s Terrible Underpants, or reading about Winnie the Witch zapping her cat one too many times…

I won’t say it’s always fun though. There are some nights when the thought of reading to the kids, is, well, less than top of my list.  If it’s been a big day, a rough week or you are just plain tired, it is hard to find the energy.

Therein lies the bit that no one tells you in all those articles.

Sometimes it is not fun.

Sometimes, you pick a dud book (oh and there are a load of these around) and it is just dull.

Sometimes the kids are over everything and will only listen for two pages.

You know what though? That is ok.

It is perfectly normal.

Reading to your kids is like running a marathon, not a sprint.

It takes consistency, effort, interest and your time, every day.    If you want your kids to love reading, they have to see that it is something you love to do, and that it is part of their routine.

Night time, daytime, juts after lunch time (oh now I am riffing like Dr Seuss!).

Anytime is fine, just make it very day.

Stuck on where to start or low on inspiration? Here are a few to get your started…

  • Think of themes.  Maybe go with holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc). Sea creatures, dinosaurs, fairies.
  • Read the book first.  If you have a new book, take a few minutes to read it first.  Test it out. Is it interesting? Funny? Do the words rhyme?
  • Get online and get some ideas, have a look here for some fab read aloud tips
  • Visit your local library. Go to story time, ask a librarian for help/ideas/suggestions
  • Let your child choose the book
  • Get older siblings/ cousins/ friends to take turns reading.
  • Happily read the same book, every night, for weeks on end if that is what your child wants.  I think I might be able to recite every Hairy Maclary book by heart, but I am still happy to read all about that crazy dog and his mates.

Happy reading folks!

Enjoy xx

InspiringCollageWowsers, the year seems to be flying by already.

All of a sudden, we are gearing up for school, getting busy at work and getting set for the first of the gorgeous markets and fairs This Grand Life will be attending this year.

Whew!

It can all get a little overwhelming at times. Thinking time is virtually impossible to corral out of your day. Which can all combine to stifle your creativity.  Well, at least that’s what tends to happen in my neck of the woods.

Here are a few things that have been inspiring me right now to think, create and start the year in a positive way.

  1. Reading: Wildwood – a glorious book, with fabulous illustrations, which I initially bought for Captain Jack (my 9 year old) and then when he got a little scared by the opening gambit about a murder of crows, I stepped in to read it first. You know, to check it wasn’t too scary. I am LOVING it…
  2. Creating: More gorgeous sundresses, super cute heart purses, some cuddly softies and boardies for super cool boys with some beautiful new fabric.
  3. Learning: French, brushing up on my French (can’t believe I have been back in Australia for nearly 3 years), such a beautiful quirky language.
  4. Teaching: Little L how to read. My littlest poppet starts school this year and is super keep to keep up with the big kids in the house. We have used Reading Eggs for years and all of my kids have loved it.  It’s also a great excuse to spend more time reading each night.
  5. Watching: Girls. Though it feels like a guilty pleasure, I am totally hooked. Oh the angst, the selfish choices, the dilemmas.

Hope you are having an inspirational start to 2015 too!

Enjoy xx

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