Originally Posted by Liquesce
I'm a devoted bookworm. I read all the time. My kids are read to all the time. BUT ... in a way I really don't see the big deal, IF those kids are receiving parental attention and stimulation by other means. Do their parents get down on the floor and play with them? Encourage their imaginations? Involve them in their everyday activities? Storytell without books? Read to them sometimes, if not every day? Give their children "undivided, loving attention" that has nothing to do with reading?
Like I said, I love books ... but I have a hard time with the notion that parents who don't are by definition deglecting a necessity. There are a lot of cultures in this world in which leisure reading is just not an element, in which children are still given rich, full upbringings.
I feel very much the same way. I found the quote in the OP offensive, to be honest. I'm a chronic bookworm - the one thing I really don't like about being home with kids all day is that I no longer have the block of time - bus commute - where I used to be able to sit down and just suck up pages and pages and pages with no interruptions.
That said, I rarely read to my children at bedtime. I currently read to dd - ds2, as well, if he's not napping - for about an hour most days. She wanted me to read her the Harry Potter series, so that's what I'm doing. That only started a few months ago, though. Before that, our reading time was really hit or miss. Some days, we'd read several kids books throughout the day, and on other days, we wouldn't read anything.
What really bothers me about the quote in the OP is this:
|That's 13 million children under 6 years old who are going to bed every night without a bedtime story — without the undivided, loving attention that comes with sharing a favorite book with their parents
First of all, Dr. Zuckerman makes that sound as though the 52 percent who aren't read to every night are never read to. That's not what it says. Second...my kids get lots of undivided, loving attention at bedtime. We just happen to have a family tradition, going back to my mom with us, of singing
at bedtime, as opposed to reading. With ds1, I used to sing for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes every night. With dd and ds2, it's usually about 10-15. We also have individual bedtime rituals (not baths and such - a routine sequence of hugs, kisses, "goodnight", "sweet dreams", etc.) that we go through every night. The implication that children who aren't being read to each and every single night are being somehow neglected is really condescending.