Do you guys read a lot?
I used to love to read.
Then I had kids, and I was too tired to read anything that didn’t have pictures in it (except for (affiliate) The Book With No Pictures, cause the kids love that one).
The exhaustion of having five kids under the age of 8 years old was too much for me.
Even if I managed to physically stay awake once all the kids were asleep for any substantial length of time, I had no brain power left, and I’d have to reread the same sentence about fourteen times.
That led to using the television as my go-to unwinding strategy at the end of the day.
And while I don’t watch all that much TV anymore — maybe half an episode of whatever show I’m binge watching on Netflix before I fall asleep, or one whole episode if I’m lucky — it has almost completely replaced any sort of reading at this point.
And I don’t like that.
I’ll read a couple books when I’m on vacation. But seeing as that only happens once a year, that’s not a whole lot of reading.
Number 4 is a voracious reader. So is Rory on The Gilmore Girls (my current Netflix obsession), and I love that. And ironically, a fictitious sixteen-year-old on a TV show really has me wanting to get back to reading.
Maybe it’s because it’s also fall, and the appeal of sitting in front of the fireplace with a blanket and spending some serious quality time reading is very appealing. Because now all the kids are in school, and reading doesn’t need to be reserved for night time, when I’m totally shot.
I’ve never been a night person anyway.
Then recently I came across a post on Facebook — I can’t remember what it was exactly — but it said something about bazillionaires reading a lot.
Oprah was mentioned, and so was Warren Buffet and so was Mark Cuban.
I’m sure Bill Gates was mentioned in there, too.
Anyway, what I have noticed about myself lately and what I know to be true is that learning comes from reading.
I have learned a lot about what I do (and don’t do) in my marriage from (affiliate) Getting the Love You Want. (affiliate) Positive Discipline has been seriously life changing for both me and my kids as far as my parenting goes. (affiliate) Developing Swimmers has been influential in changed the way I coach my swimmers.
And I’m ready to start reading again.
I’m ready to start modeling reading to my kids again.
I read to them every night. But they don’t often see me reading myself for pleasure.
And the more crap I see on You Tube, the more I want to encourage my kids to look for entertainment, stress relief, and education from reading.
It’s a healthy activity that I want to reestablish as a habit.
And I think I need to start by devoting some time during the day, when my brain isn’t totally shot, to reading.
I’ve always looked at it as kind of a luxury to have time to read.
But I think I need a paradigm shift in that department.
My brain needs to start working out again.
Have any suggestions to help me stay on track? I’d love to hear what books you are reading that have taught you something. I’d love to hear what books you are reading strictly for pleasure that you absolutely can’t put down.
And how about you? Do you make time during the day to read?
If not, maybe you can start making that time for yourself right along with me.
Who knows… if there were enough of you who were interested, maybe we could start a book club…
Not Your Average Book Club?
Let me know! And I can’t wait to hear what you are all reading!