As parents we are constantly battling the clock. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Our lives are full and it seems like we never check everything off of our to do list. So you may think adding one more item to your already busy schedule is unrealistic. Red Apple Reading would like to offer 8 compelling reasons why you should be reading aloud to your child daily (yes, even if they are already reading independently!).
The majority of moms would agree that parenthood is a blessing. However, the truth is, it’s not always fun. I’ll give a personal example. Last week was the kindergarten field trip to the zoo. I’m going to be honest; I don’t relish chaperoning field trips - but I do it. So, after driving an hour to the zoo to meet the bus, I collect my group of 4 active little boys, and spend the day exploring the zoo. Suffice it to say, it was a long day. By the end of the afternoon, the fitness app on my phone had logged over 5 miles. As I was tucking in my 6 year old that night, you’ll never believe what he said to me. For those of you who are thinking something along the lines of, “Thanks mom for going on the field trip with me today – you’re the best!” Wrong! He said, “Mom, next time we go to the zoo, could you not come?” Really?! Motherhood is not for the faint of heart. It’s not always pretty and very often it’s a thankless job. This Mother’s Day I thought I’d offer a few thoughts to keep in mind when the day is especially hard and long.
All parents want their children to experience success in life. Achieving literacy is crucial to our kids’ future well-being. As parents we play a crucial role in our children’s successful reading development. What can we do to help our beginning readers achieve success? Fortunately, you don’t have to be a reading specialist to help your little one become a champion reader. Red Apple Reading has 5 simple tips for parents who wish to nurture their little one’s literary development.
Don’t you just love new beginnings? There is something special about a fresh start! The New Year lies before us like a blank slate. All the mistakes and bad decisions of 2014 are behind us. What hopes and dreams do you have for your family this year? Sometimes the best resolutions are the simple ones. In the everyday business of life, sometimes we lose the little moments that make family meaningful. This year why not resolve to spend more time together? Red Apple Reading has a few suggestions on how you can get your crew together more often this year.