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!
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* 😦