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Do you enjoy reading to your children?

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MistressMary Tue 05-Jul-05 16:19:05

Or do you pretend to enjoy it?
I like reading some stuff to bubs, but the repetitive stuff gets on my nerves a bit. And it dreis my throat out and I sound like a dalek with laryngytis by the end of the book!

spacedonkey Tue 05-Jul-05 16:20:55

I love reading to mine, still do read to them sometimes even though they're 14 and 11! But I do remember the unremitting tedium of having to read the same story over and over and over and over again when they were tiny. The Ladybird version of Wizard of Oz was particularly dull. It will pass though and become a real pleasure again

koalabear Tue 05-Jul-05 16:21:22

Nope, love it love it love it
Especially when he says "dook dook" (well, he is only 14 months old, so I guess "book" is a while off) and then toddles over to the book basket, picks out one, toddles back, climbs onto my lap and waits - very very cute

ninah Tue 05-Jul-05 16:22:28

love it

spykid Tue 05-Jul-05 16:22:45

Have always and will always love it. Its such a special bonding time for you both, and I think its so important to foster a love of books from an early age.

gingerbear Tue 05-Jul-05 16:25:51

Depends if I am tired, if it is the same Mog story she has had for the last 37 nights on the trot, or if it is a lovely shiny new book we chose together in Waterstones or library that morning. (can't wait to read new Alfie book)

thanks Hula - DD now adores Alfie!

emmatmg Tue 05-Jul-05 16:28:14

will I be banished for MN forever if I say I hate it?


Coz I do.

Dh does it mostly but when he says "mummy will read it to you" I just think UUggghhhhh!

WideWebWitch Tue 05-Jul-05 16:30:05

It depends. Enid Blyton, NO, I detest reading her but ds likes her so I do it. Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, yes, I enjoy it. Baby books I detest but dd likes them and brings them to me so I do a fair bit of Look! A Duck! too and no, don't enjoy that.

spacedonkey Tue 05-Jul-05 16:30:42

I used to force Dr Seuss and Capn Pugwash on mine

purpleturtle Tue 05-Jul-05 16:30:48

I don't mind so long as they concentrate. Which I freely admit is asking a bit much of a 2and a half year old boy! Dd is 4 and can do it, so I get even more frustrated when she doesn't. I love to read for myself, and the children like books, but I can't wait till they can read their own.

<Spose you'd better banish me too>

MistressMary Tue 05-Jul-05 16:41:12

Can I join in with the bannished brigade?
Maybe later on it will be enjoyable. The same books however, when he is more into page turning and finishing the book, before I even got half way thorough it is not that encouraging to see either!
On day I might even become all cutesy and mumsy too!!!
Oh look a flying pig!

soapbox Tue 05-Jul-05 16:42:48

Love it - all of it - even the Far Away tree, WWW

Gameboy Tue 05-Jul-05 16:45:57

Love it all. Such a special time. Love doing silly voices and asking questions. ("Why do you think he did that?" "What would you do instead?")

Have been amazed over the last year to see how learning to read has opened my DS's 'eyes' to all sorts of other things - menus, signs, notices, labels - even the back of the cornflake packet!

spacedonkey Tue 05-Jul-05 16:47:34

It's a lovely thing, to be read to

sobernow Tue 05-Jul-05 16:48:05

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happymerryberries Tue 05-Jul-05 16:50:05

I love it, I can't wait for the next harry potter to come out. My reading, while not as good as Stephen Fry's, was quite good!

snafu Tue 05-Jul-05 16:51:18

What www said, pretty much. I love it now that ds is getting into 'proper books', rather than 'That's not my monster' or whatever. Snuggling up and actually reading a story is one thing, pointing at pictures is another.

emmatmg Tue 05-Jul-05 16:58:17

I will just add that although I don't like doing it I do do it properly and much better than DH.


Silly voices and stuff are not my DH's thing.

spidermama Tue 05-Jul-05 16:59:23

I absolutely love it and argue with dh over who gets to do it.

beetroot Tue 05-Jul-05 17:04:33

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KBear Tue 05-Jul-05 17:05:28

I love it but as soon as I start reading to them I get sleepy and start yawning - they don't - something wrong there! I do get a bit bored with Thomas the Tank Engine books which DS adores so I read one Thomas one and six others!

swiperfox Tue 05-Jul-05 17:05:47

I absolutely love reading to my two. Having a story read to you is lovely. My Mum refuses to read stories and quite often buys dd books but when dd asks her to read them she says 'Mummy will read it, Nanny doesn't do stories' and it makes me really angry. She never read to me when I was little and I learnt to read stories way above my age group at a very young age because i was fascinated with the 'escapism'. I think it's important to enjoy reading stories in order to get the full effect of them

sobernow Tue 05-Jul-05 17:08:38

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beetroot Tue 05-Jul-05 17:09:46

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happymerryberries Tue 05-Jul-05 17:22:11

beetroot I am camping the night it comes out and may well be trawling for a book shop!

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