Tough Times in Story Land

Mason is 15 months old now. He’s walking, nearly talking, and is interested in so many things it drives me nuts. Reading is not one of the things that piques his interest. Whenever I try to sit Mason down with a book, he’ll sit for a moment and stare at the pictures, grab the book and walk away with it, throwing it to the ground with drool markings to prove he touched it.

Reading is important. Each day, parents are encourage/guilted into reading to their child, no matter how young. Commercials and ads show images of children smiling as Mommy and Daddy read them a lovely story. The children are perfectly behaved and appears engaged and yearning to turn the page to find out if Pooh gets his hunny.

What these ads don’t tell you is that some children don’t like books. Some children would rather run after cats, topple humidifiers, throw balls down stairs and fish through the garbage. These kids are nowhere to be seen in the ads. I wonder why!

My proposed Halloween costume for 2012. Maybe if books actually did this, Mason would want to read with me.

They say the earlier you read to your child, the better. Exposing Mason to books ensures word recognition, visual spacing and verbal development. Sure, he’s just 15 months old, but I can still have high expectations, right? 🙂 So it worries me when he wont sit down for 5 minutes for a quick story about anatomy (Eyes, Nose, Knees, Toes) or Sleepytime (Bedtime Stories). He does like the two books that have buttons that play sounds/music to go with the story, but he doesn’t open the dang book! He just hits the buttons and smiles. Hey, at least he’s happy!

If October comes and Mason still isn’t into reading, I plan on dressing up like the above cartoon. Perhaps if books walked and talked, Mason would be more interested. If not, I could always project words on his bedroom wall all night long. Or use his food to form words when serving him meals…

One way or another, this kid’s gonna read!…on his terms… *sigh* 😦

Comments on: "Tough Times in Story Land" (10)

  1. I think babies and toddlers do everything on their terms, just keep it up and reward him or praise him when he reads. Most little children are approval junkies.

  2. It will come. I used to read to my nephew while he bounced off the walls rearranging the room. He came to love books.

    • I hope so…it’s funny, if you read to Mason, he comes over and pulls the book out of your hands. Little stinker. 😛 Thanks for reading/commenting! 🙂

  3. Actually Zoey does the same thing. She hates for people to read to her, but she LOVES books. She’s over 2 and knows a lot of words so she will sit down with her book and point out all of the things she knows. Instead of focusing on getting through the story, I tend to take story time as a learning opportunity. We go over nouns, colors and sometimes count. These things didn’t even start with books though, we did the same thing with her toys. And we would spend a lot of time drawing. She would doodle and I would draw a cat and write out the word and she gets it. I felt guilty because we weren’t like the ads either, but it is true, kids learn these things on their own terms. Have books around and encourage reading and I’m sure he will come to love books. Though I don’t know when that whole sitting still for at least 5 minutes suppose to come into play.

    • Sometimes these parenting ads are just as bad as seeing the super skinny models and feeling fat. As parents, we feel we should be perfect, and the ads realy don’t help. Thanks Amanda! 😀

  4. […] these wonderful learning tools and fun things. Walks by the car and stuffed animals. No interest in books yet. The turtle…no, that gets bored quickly. Mason goes for the $1.00 light-up balls from […]

  5. My kid’s librarian gave some “great advice” for teaching kids how to read. She suggested we turn on the closed caption on the television. I reminded her that our kids were already doing a good job learning to read, but she proclaimed how brilliant her plan was. I really, really hope that doesn’t catch on. It’s not smart.

    Reading really does help, so it sounds like something you’ll just have to fight your way through. Find a safe place like on top of the fridge where you can yell down the book from. Or how about utilizing the baby monitors and reading from a nearby locked room?

    • I see where the librarian is coming from. Word recognition doesn’t come from hearing the word, but seeing it. Still, melting a kid to the TV should only be done in cases of extreme need, i.e. anything that needs peace and quiet.

      Hmm, locked room…sounds about right!

  6. […] I’ve posted on this previously. While early attempts at reading can be frustrating, it’s pretty much cemented that reading to kids early on makes a huge impact on learning for a lifetime. Thanks to unrealistic advertisements, we all have this mental picture of perfect snuggles with a book and a bottle. In most cases, not gonna happen. Still, read to your kids, every chance you get. If they pay attention, great! If not, keep reading. Their learning depends on it, and they’ll always remember story time with Daddy. […]

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