Every night before we put Leah to bed we read 2 books.
Tonight was a book called Silverlicious and I have to say it’s one of my least favorite books to read to Leah.
It’s just kind of long and repetitive but Leah loves it.
Usually I just try to speed through it and my mind is on a whole bunch of “things” that need to get done.
But tonight I decided to take another approach.
I decided to pretend like it was the most exciting book I’ve ever read.
So I read it with as much energy and excitement as possible.
I tried to reeeeaaaaally get into it you know?
Well the funny thing is the book seemed to fly by and I actually enjoyed reading it!
Same book but a completely different approach.
And a completely different approach created a completely different outcome.
But the more important thing is that it made the whole experience better for Leah.
She didn’t want to listen to me read a book!
She wanted to hear a story.
And stories evoke emotions and visualizations.
They aren’t just words on a piece of paper…they are an experience.
And the more energy and effort I put into reading the story, the better her experience will be.
And that’s really why we read to our kids right?
So they have an experience?
I’m sure we’ve all read an awesome story or two in our day…even those of us who hate reading 🙂
And we know what an awesome experience it is to read a great story.
So I’m putting this tip up here on the site #1 as a reminder for myself and #2 to share with you guys so you can try it out for yourself and see what a difference it will make for you and your child.
The beautiful thing is that simple little improvements like this added up over time create HUGE positive changes.
Just imagine if you use this tip every time you read to your kids – whether you like the book or not.
Imagine how much better the experience will be for your children!
And I bet it will be much better for you too.
I still remember when my Dad would read to me as a kid.
He was the best story teller ever.
I want Leah to feel that way about me some day too.
I want to be the best Dad in every way possible and this is just one little area where I know I need to step up my game.
So what I’m going to do to keep this stuff front of mind for me is to put all of these little tips on the site as much as possible.
What would be even better though is if we could all share our own tips on how we are stepping up our game as parents.
Then we would have a massive list of simple little tips and strategies that we can use to be better parents.
It’s the simple little things that we do consistently that make the massive changes in our lives.
So just imagine how much better we would be as parents if we had a big list of these tips and we made them a part of our daily lives?
Imagine how much better we would all be as parents at the end of a year, two years etc.?
We’d step up our game BIG time….and that would make a HUGE positive impact on our kids.
What do you guys think? Don’t be shy…let me know in the comments below.