Here’s a confession. I am a compulsive reader. I read cereal boxes, directions, catalogs, floor plans as well as more conventional material. I have always been this way as far back as I can remember. Books were my constant companion as a child. Now I read many more articles than I do books. I check out a bunch of blogs (Head,Heart,Hand gets my top vote for interesting articles and links), I read magazine articles, and we get the WSJ newspaper everyday. So I read all day in dribs and drabs. As a mom I just can’t seem to find the time to sit for a couple hours and read a book. I have a few books on my bookshelf that I would love to read. I just don’t dare to begin because if they are compelling I will dive in and let everything else go. No dinner on the table, kids taking full advantage of an inattentive mom… you get the picture.
My daughter has inherited the obsession. Teachers always encourage kids to read. They tell us parents to give your children many opportunities to read. Never discourage reading. Ha! Well around here we use NOT reading as a punishment. “Put your book down and do what I told you to do or I will take that book away for a week!” Not pretty, I know… but completely necessary. And I get it, because I was/am the same way. I just don’t have anyone threatening to take away my Ipad for a week. Hmmm.. it would probably be a very effective incentive. 🙂
My Katrina over the years:
Can anyone figure out what book she is reading? I’m guessing a Little House series book by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
“Reading” a swedish book at IKEA 🙂
Are any of you compulsive readers?