5 of 100 Dads – Reading

Aron is the husband to Meghan (100 Moms #28), and Dad to two very cute, bright-eyed little girls. He and I share a mutual niece and nephew, so I happen to have some inside information that he is absolutely great!

This fun-loving guy lights up every room he enters, a trait inherited by his girls. He loves everything about Dad, especially having an audience that can truly appreciate his comedic charm. He does confess he has found a whole new set of worries now that he’s firmly planted in parenthood, but is up for the challenge.

It isn’t surprising that Aron states his parents are his biggest influence. It’s clear he was surrounded by love. Family and friends are of the utmost importance to him, and he holds the same hope for his girls. His dream for them is health, happiness and a continued circle of love. I’d say they are well on their way.

Aron, “Read to your kids. Bedtime reading is a great time to connect with your kids. Be animated!” Tip 8

Aron, Meghan and their girls have a really great time. Their lives are full of adventure, family and fun, everything they both hoped for. In reading his tips I could almost see in the living room window.  I envisioned baking flour lightly dusted on those rosy little cheeks, as the girls dance off to read another colorful rendition of Good Night Moon. There’s no doubt a lot of stories have been a source of delight for everyone.

As highlighted in Aron’s eight tip, a bedtime reading routine is a great way to connect. We also had an evening reading ritual. Michael loved reading time and eventually independent reading. I do believe he became a better student and life learner because of this routine.

Reading brought stability, togetherness, tradition and tenderness. Michael gained a thirst for knowledge, adventure and creativity. He had admiration for good writing and an appreciation of reading. Reading even made bedtime easier. All of that for only 15 minutes a night.

Story time was a non-negotiable commitment in our home. I believe our dedication to reading may have been the biggest contributing factor to raising a happy, well-adjusted, secure and intelligent child.

Ironically, I hated reading and reading time. Now, in reflection, that time represents some of my fondest parenting memories. Our commitment to reading was a commitment to Michael’s future. This is such a strong piece of advice.

I was never read to as a child and struggle with reading to this day. I knew before I was even pregnant that I would raise a reader. It was my number one goal. I was certain my kid would be able to read and would read well. I started reading to Michael as soon as I found out I was pregnant.

I remember going to the library and picking out books on all topics, English, math, science and French. Yes, I even read math books. I wanted him to have a sample of all subjects. I was not exceptionally strong in any subject, so I had no bias.

The consistency of bedtime reading was a pillar of togetherness. No matter what event was planned, Michael would have his reading time. He insisted on it!

Every night, without fail, reading time was before bedtime. Big Mike and I would secretly, at times painfully, banter about whose turn it was. When we were tired and dared to attempt skipping a line or a page, Michael was on to us. We could never get away with forgoing, or shortening, this designated time.

Of course, as Michael got older he would eventually do his own reading. For a transitional period, he would read to us. Soon he was enjoying a solo reading journey and the adventures of “chapter books.”

To add another layer to this wonderful tip and it is gold, so grab your highlighter: When your child is looking to extend their bedtime, they feel they should stay up later – extend reading time, not TV/computer time. I thought this was brilliant, even if I do say so myself. This gradually added an hour or more to Michael’s reading routine. What skill building!

In the early years, continuing to this day, Michael has been an exceptional reader. He is able to understand and retain large amounts of information, which has served him well throughout his education.

These days, it is more important than ever to raise a reader. With the vast amounts of literature on the internet, there is a lot to sift through. In internet search and in pursuit of a law degree, Michael’s reading skill has been a key component of his success.

I think if a parent gets it wrong all day long, a great deal can be undone with a commitment to a daily reading routine, 15 minutes. To me, consistency is more important than duration.

As painful as reading may sometimes be, I’m sure Aron would agree the pay-off is immeasurable. Raising a reader is one of my proudest accomplishments!

Thanks to this great team for sharing their tips. I wish them all the very best with their adorable, and dynamic duo.

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