You know how wonderfully amazing and beneficial reading aloud to your child can be. But did you know that actually starting as early as eight weeks is highly recommended? We began reading aloud to Georgie when he was about 18 months. I didn’t even think of doing it when he was a younger baby. Do you or did you read to your infant or baby?
The other day Georgie had a much-appreciated day off school so we lazily made our way to Larnaca for some lunch and sea air. Sitting down for a meal with my boy is one of my favourite things to do. Just him and me, it’s something I try to fit in our schedule at least once a week.
But that day I had a sudden urge to buy a magazine and read at lunch while basking in the warm sun. Obviously with a five-year old in tow there was no way that was going to happen the way I pictured it happening. But I did have a trusty old colouring book and pencils with me. You know the one you keep for special occasions such as these. So we sat down for lunch and I opened my magazine and dove straight into an article about the Brexit and how women can affect the vote when Georgie pointed out the word ‘the’. And then ‘that’ and ‘up’. I put the magazine down, took one of his colouring pencils and circled the word ‘and’. ‘What about that one?’ I said. He read it. Loud and clear.
Any exciting plans for the weekend? While I’m dreaming of travel and researching faraway places, Georgie seems content to spend the weekend on his pappou’s little farm, feeding the chickens and pigs.
1. Have you ever heard of the wet sock treatment?
2. Are you at your desk all day? Try these desk stretches.
Every summer since Georgie was born, Papa and I take three days off parent duty and spend time with friends while he spends some time with his grandparents. It’s an exciting time for me because I always feel that this is MY time, a time to do what one cannot normally do with kids. Like get a long massage, drink a cocktail or two before sunset, leave the room with nothing but a towel and a book, lounge by the pool and read said book continuously, without looking up once. Even blaring music through headphones! Daring stuff. All of which I am anxiously waiting to do.
1. One of my all-time favourite TV shows that ended this year. I remember watching it throughout my pregnancy and after I had given birth to Georgie. Mad Men was my breast-feeding companion.2. My beautiful darling girl.
3. Georgie received an absolutely amazing gift from his Thia Alexia. We’ve read The Magic Finger, we’re halfway through the BFG and in my free time I read Boy, Roald Dahl’s autobiography which is also part of the collection. Thank you!