There is one thing Lily isnít too good at and that is reading books. Not reading in the literal sense of course because she is far too young for that. Iím talking about listening and relaxing whilst mummy reads a story. I have tried on many occasions to read books to her, so much so that I have lost count. But alas, she wonít have a bar of it. One page through the book (any kind of book) and she is off. She just doesnít seem to be interested at all.
Her kindy carer advised me a few weeks ago that Lily doesnít have the greatest attention span (she was speaking in consideration of her age). She doesnít like to focus on things for very long periods, and this includes story time. I know she is young and I am not expecting her to sit back whilst I read countless chapters of Harry Potter. Iím thinking more along the lines of say ĎSpotí. Byron was a lover of books and still is. I could read 10 stories to him when he was around Lilyís age and he would be content to listen to 20 more.
I have wondered if Lilyís lack of interest in books is the result of my time poor lifestyle and the fact I didnít read many books to her when she was a young baby like I did with Byron. I guess thatís the thing with the first born Ė it seems you have all the time in the world to do all that fun stuff. For me, it was a case of trying to continue with the routine of reading books with Byron that Lily kinda feel out of the mix. Being a little baby, she wasnít Ďinterestedí in the kind of stories I would be reading with Byron. We generally do (behaviour permitting) stories with Byron before bed but sadly, and Iím embarrassed to say, Lily doesnít fair in that experience. Every time we have tired, she has mucked around, crawled off and shown no interest at all that it has become distractive for Byron, so we gave up.
Maybe thatís why she just doesnít seem to like books Ė there wasnít enough exposure!?? *bows head in disgrace*
Iím going to make more of a concerted effort with books and Lily. I know there is nothing more frustrating then trying to read a story to a child that is hardly interested in a word you have to say but nevertheless I will persevere and see how it goes. I thought I might try reading her a story while she has her bottle at night Ė when things are calm.
Tomorrow night, I think Iíll try 'Spot' with the hope that one day she might enjoy the reading experience of 'Where is the Green Sheep', Byronís most treasured toddler story (and secretly one of mine).