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Tips for Working Parents: How to fit a child's reading into your busy day.

July 24, 2018

There are 24 hours in a day, but with never-ending priorities vying for our time, sitting down to read with our children can be difficult.
Let's say a typical family starts their day at 6 am, everybody gets up to get ready for school and work. You drop the kids off at 7:30, get to work by 8. Then before you know it, you are picking up the kids, going home, making dinner, doing homework, and getting ready for bed!

Trying to make sure your children squeeze 15 to 20 minutes of reading each day can seem impossible, but here are four tips to help your students get in that much-needed reading time while you go about your day.



1. Keep books in the car
 

A backseat littered with books may not be the most attractive thing in the world, but you already have three phone chargers, an aging tablet, and a Nintendo 3DS somewhere back there.  What's a book or two?

 

Keeping books in the car will ensure they aren't forgotten and are easily accessible on trips home from school, the grocery store, or after school activities. Be sure to switch the books out regularly to keep the selection fresh, and if they read on one leg of the trip, reward them by locating the 3DS under the passenger seat.


2. Bath time multitasking
 

If your student still requires some supervision in the bathtub, congratulations, you have yourself a captive audience. Kids almost universally enjoy playing in the bath to some degree. The integration of a book to complement their bath toys and some imagination can easily allow you to get in quality reading time. If the bath toy on hand is a boat, read about pirates. Got a tote full of mermaids? Your local library has kids books for that as well. Keep your little one interested by encouraging them to act out the story! All of a sudden, bath time has morphed from a hassle neither of you really want to do, into something you both may really enjoy. Sorry, no tips here for how to keep the water in the tub, so try to keep the book from getting waterlogged.

 

3. Reading you dinner recipes
 

This idea can be dangerous if you don’t do your homework, but it also has the potential to create great memories and tasty meals. Let your student pick from a few preselected recipes and simply have them read you the instructions. Math! Life Skills! Reading! Dinner! Voila!

 

4. You need to relax too
 

Let’s be honest, trying to juggle, work, chores, and children is stressful. Fortunately, six minutes into your reading session, your heart rate slows, muscles relax, and overall stress reduces by 68 percent! Think how relaxed you will be after 15 minutes of  reading with your child. Everybody wins!

 

If any of these methods work for you, we would love to hear about it. Got some tips of your own? Please share below!

 

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