Embrace Your Reading Almost As Much As You Embrace Your Kids

One of the coolest things I ever saw was one of my family members reading while nursing. I didn’t know it was possible; and frankly, I wondered how she was going to continue her avid reading after having little ones. Her phone was big enough to give her a good amount of text on a phone and while she nursed or even just held her newborn son while he was sleeping, she’d pick up her phone and start reading. I was thrilled for her that she’d figured out a way to hold on to something that was important to her because it helped her feel like a whole person. Sometimes, when I find a bit of frustration lurking due to my own lack of reading, I think of the family member and pull up my grandmother’s favorite cliche – if there’s a will, there’s a way.

It got me thinking about ways that parents could continue to read even when their life was now bombarded with dirty diapers, midnight feedings, tumbling classes and that extra amount of energy that toddlers seem to have that no one else does. Rachel Smalter Hall has a BookRiot article of great lifehacks for how to embrace your reading almost as much as you embrace your youngun’s.

I suspect the most difficult thing for a new parent when it comes to reading vs parenting is learning to listen to the book you are “reading”. Audio Books seem to be the perfect solution. I am not so sure I’d be able to remember everything I read if I listened to the audio story, but it definitely seems like a good option. I would recommend for those of you trying audiobooks for the first time, go with lighthearted and maybe even comedic. I’m betting your laughing would be good for both you and your baby.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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