I was in need of some inspiration. One of the benefits of a writing community is there are hundreds of writing ideas to borrow, use, and basically steal!
Deb's advice for bloggers with writer's block came just at the right time last night. She provided me with many sparks for writing ideas; however, I thought about just trying to create a list of advice.
And then I thought, "Who am I to give advice to anyone?"
I walked away from my laptop to warm up some water for hot chocolate and fold a load of laundry. Two mindless activities that allowed my brain to continue thinking.
"Who could I write advice to? What would I possibly say? What am I passionate about? Reading. Reading with my girls. That's it. How have I encouraged my two daughters to become readers today?"
Ten ways to encourage reading in your home:
1. Always read with your children from a very early age with them on your lap.
2. Always have stacks of books available to read in the bedroom, the kitchen, the playroom, the bathroom, the car, the diaper bag, etc.
3. Always read with enthusiasm and use different voices for drama and effect (or at least for a little laughter from your kids).
4. Always visit your local library and let your children select their own books (even though this can be difficult at times).
5. Always teach your children never to judge a book by its cover.
6. Always visit bookstores and give books as gifts.
7. Always read in front of your children and share your reading life.
8. Always read it one more time when they ask to read it one more time (even if it's the 100th time!).
9. Always talk about the books so children learn that we read for meaning.
10. Always read every day with your children.