reading to my son

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son used to love to be read to every night before bed. He used to sit with me through 3 or 4 books at least. In the last month he no longer wants me to read to him as much. he would rather go to the book shelf and pick out all the books. He gets extremely figitiy after 1 page of 1 book.
I know it is so important to read to him, but what am I going to do if he is not interested anymore. How do I get him re-interested in reading not just taking the books off the shelf?

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Sara - posted on 03/11/2009

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I'm assuming your baby is 13-14 months, and I'd say its totally normal to not want to sit through a book. Our babies want to discover everything, and they can't possibly do that while sitting down for more than a couple pages. My son will sit and listen to a book when he's drinking his bedtime bottle. Otherwise, he'll only sit while we flip quickly through the pages. Then, he brings me more books, and we flip quickly through those. I mostly make up my own words, b/c I literally have 1 sec per page to read. Otherwise, I read the books to him in his room while he is pulling off other books from his bookshelf. He's not looking at the pictures, but he's still hearing the vocabulary. I'd say don't put too much pressure on him to sit still, just make sure books are something he sees as a positive and fun thing! He'll eventually want to sit still long enough to hear a few more pages at a time, and eventually maybe a whole book again:)

Jacqueline - posted on 03/11/2009

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Just the fact that you have books in your house is a good sign. I've noticed that my daughter has gone through stages of wanting to be read to, wanting to just play with them, and trying to read to herself as well. Any interaction with books is healthy for a child. He will become interested again and as long as you keep at it, I wouldn't be worried.

Morag - posted on 03/10/2009

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Its a stage. My daughter used to love hearing me read (even my adult chapter books) when she was tiny. She like the sound of intonation in my voice. But then she just would never sit still for me to read to her. So I stopped reading. Now in the past 2 weeks shes started to pick up books and bring them to me to read over and over and over and then sits down and tries to say words in the book (not reading just memorizing which words go with which picture/page). If they go off something, just let it lie normally they will come back to it eventually.

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Tamara - posted on 03/15/2009

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At this age it is a good idea to let the kid pick which pages to read, or you can just talk about the pictures and not read. Let your son hold the book and you can point to things on pictures that he turns to. My son loves the books where there is something to feel or touch or manipulate. We like the Animal Kisses book because he loves to kiss all the animals, and also the books about body parts where you lift the flap to see. HTH.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/13/2009

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Yep, just a stage.  I actually had to turn one of my daughter's bookcases around so the books face the wall.  She has 3 little bookcases, so I figure 2 is a good number for her to take every. single. book. down.  Now she's back to finding her favorites in her room and bringing them to me to read.  Sometimes she's down for 3 or 4 encores, other times she doesn't care if we get to the end.  I've found that she's most interested in board books that she can look at on her own.  She also LOVES books that make noises and have flaps.  Search for one or two that you can stand and that he likes too, and he'll become interested in books again.  :)

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2009

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He is probably entering into a stage where he is just going to be figity. I know I have gone through that with my older ones. The important thing is to remember to keep reading time a positive time. Since he more active, maybe find some good pop-up books or some brightly colored ones so that he stays interested. The good thing is that their are all kinds of books to fit all kinds of personalities.

Kara - posted on 03/09/2009

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Maybe you could go to the library and pick out some different books.  It could be that he's bored with your selection.  I don't really see that happening, but each kid is different.



Maybe offer him the choice between two books while he was sitting on your lap, he would have more control. 



Maybe you could take the books off the shelf so that he would focus on the matter at hand.  You could always put them into a basket for a while.



Maybe you should move reading time to some other time besides before bed.



Reading is vital!  Keep it up! 

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