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How old were your DCs when you stopped reading to them?

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GrimmaTheNome Tue 11-Aug-09 18:05:33

My DD has always loved me reading to her, and its still the main part of her bedtime ritual. I still love reading to her, all the more as she gets older and I can revisit the books I loved - currently a chapter or two of Anne of Avonlea each evening.

So what's the problem? Perhaps none - but she's 10, about to start year 6. She didn't used to be keen on independent reading but its picking up now. Obviously in the holidays theres time for it in the day, but in term time, if I'm reading to her in the evening - and reading aloud takes longer than in the head - then that cuts into the time when I sort of feel she should be reading herself (I was an inveterate read-in-bed type, torch under the covers).

Any thoughts? Would you carry on or cut it out or just on weekends? Am I being a Good Mummy or is this habit self-indulgence on my part?grin.

ShellingPeas Tue 11-Aug-09 18:12:12

If your DD enjoys it, then why not?

I have a 10 yr old DS who loves to read independently and has done for some time. But I still read to my 7 yr old DD and it's an important part of our evening wind down. I imagine I'll be doing it for some time yet and I will miss it when it stops.

I also get to re-read all my old childhood favs too.

mollyroger Tue 11-Aug-09 18:14:59

it's getting more hit and miss because it is the summer hols and so sometimes they are up late and I am too tirred to read, but mine are 11.5 and 8,.5 and we still regularly read together.
Having said that, ds1 is dyslexic so reading for himself is difficult and unenjoable. But he loves a good story as much as anyone so...

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