I’m linking with Kellys Korner today. It’s a really fun blog.
Shortly after we were married, Hubby and I decided that it would be cute to take a family picture each December to use for holiday greeting cards, and as a fun way to watch our family grow. We started with baby #1, and have not missed a year.
HOWEVER, my first 4 children, all sons, HATED this yearly ritual. I’m not sure why. Baths and scrubbing, hair gelled and combed to perfection, matching sweaters and socks, ill-fitting shoes, (worn only for the picture), and take after take after take after take because one of the boys wasn’t smiling, or I didn’t look perfect. :). …….what’s their problem?
As the boys got alder, and 4 more babies were born, it just got more interesting.
Now that all of the children are older, it has turned into a festive occasion. We have a big meal, play games, and fit in the picture taking somewhere in between.
Last year’s picture, 2013, should have been a breeze. We are all old enough to smile pretty. But, we’re farmers, and a chicken flew in our faces just as the photographer snapped the picture.
I’ve never looked ‘perfecter’ and some of the children’s faces are hysterically funny. We used the picture, and family and friends loved it.
Maybe I shouldn’t have demanded perfection ALL of those years. Maybe imperfection is perfect for holiday pictures.
What do you think?
(I’ll continue with the toddler boy activities list with my next post)
One is having a librarian who knows you personally. So much so, she calls you when a book arrives at the library that she knows you’d like. And you do.
One day, years ago, she pulled me aside when I entered the library with my 3 young daughters, and my youngest, a son. She said,”Bonni, when you enter the library with a toddler or an elementary age SON, make a left. The girls can continue going to the right.”
The left side of our town’s library houses the nonfiction books.
Little boys LOVE to have nonfiction books read out loud to them. They want to know how a simple machine works, and why a female spider eats her mate, and how a bear wakes up from a REALLY long nap.
Eventually, I found that they WILL transition to good ‘Boy-kind-of -fiction,’ but it’s not their first love.
I can’t promise that your sons will be life time readers, but I think that starting with nonfiction works very well to peak their interest.
As my boys learned to read by themselves, I forced them to read for 20-30 minutes a day. I kept baskets of books that I selected from the library from which they could choose.
My oldest 4 sons are grown, out of the house, and are avid readers .
My youngest son is not convinced. But, I can say that there have been books like Amos Fortune, and The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day, and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch that were hard for him to put down.
There is a book called Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson that lists excellent fiction and nonfiction books. the ISBN is 978193201297290000.
Tomorrow I’ll share more ways to have fun with toddlers. My posts featuring 12 things for toddlers and young children to do apart from electronics, drew some interesting comments and emails. I’ll share them in my next post.
(The photo was taken at a summer music festival where my second oldest son was playing drums with his band. He travels around the world, with the band, 8-9 months a year, and spends much of his travel time reading, or listening to books on line. This painted wagon is owned by the company catering the food for the festival.)
I’d love to read about your experiences with children and reading!
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