“Take the time it takes so it takes less time.” – Pat Parelli
It’s really easy in our busy, always-on-the-go culture to forget that kids experience time differently than we do. We adults tend to lose patience a little too easily because we understand that time is a precious commodity. Kids don’t really see it that way. They haven’t learned that time is something they can “waste,” and for kids, not everything needs to happen RIGHT NOW. If one of your children is like mine, and slow to pick up reading and writing, it’s important not to pressure them into speeding along. Now, my younger son excels at reading, and we are collaborating on a book together. I don’t think he would be in the same place if I had pressured him to push harder, to succeed on my schedule rather than his. This is true for sports, dancing, music, etc. If we try and force our children to rush ahead of their schedule, it may backfire and in the long run, wind up taking more time than it would have if we’d let them take the time they needed. If we do that, not only do we help build our child’s confidence, but we reinforce the value of time spent learning a skill.
For this week’s spotlight books we’ve got a pair of great books that will help your children understand the passage of time, and learn about the importance of spending time together. You can find these books in our Reading Rainbow App or ask your local librarian to help you find them.
- Someday Is Not a Day of the Week – After his parents and grandfather kept pushing activities to – Someday – Max searches for that day on his calendar. The days of the week come to life and explain someday is actually not a day of the week.
- A Child’s Calendar – Twelve poems by John Updike follow a family and their friends through the seasons.
Once you and your children read these books, talk to them about what activities they like to do best when you spend time together as a family.
The Reading Rainbow Team