Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our summer reading program

Little Guy has quite the vocabulary for an almost 23 month old. I would like to think that it is because we read to him so much, but I can't be sure. Girlie was an early talker too, and let's face it, I am a bit of a chatter bug myself. It might just be the luck of the draw.

The funny thing about the reading is that we do it as sort of a defense mechanism. When Little Guy has run us ragged and we are too exhausted to chase him while he runs grinning with a pair of scissors or too tired to pull him off the dining room table again or too annoyed to keep him from harassing the family pets, we grab him and pull out a stack of books. It is the only time he will stop moving. Sometimes he'll get five or six books in one sitting, two or three times a day.

So, yes, I would like to take credit for our awesome parenting. I would like to give myself a gold star for the stimulation we are providing and the fact that it might be expanding his vocabulary at an early age. I could even pretend that it was something we thought carefully about and planned to do, so that he might have a shot at future brilliance.

But really, it's just a survival technique.


latisha said...

lots of stuff about reading these days. the old simple pastimes win again. at least you aren't falling victim to the TV babysitter, having it always on just waah waah waah-ing in the background. books are a much smarter choice.

kathynboys said...

My oldest son always ate his books and never wanted to sit and snuggle to read. :( He's turned out okay though and we're about to go to the library to pick up the last book in the series he's reading. It just came in today. :)

Lisa said...

adorable pic in the chair - survival of the fittest for the little guy!