Since posting my summer reading lists I’ve gotten this question a few times. How does a mom with a 4-year-old and 7 month old have the time to read? The honest answer is this-I don’t. haha! I wish I could give you some pretty poetic answer about how I do this or that to make it happen, but really…I don’t have the time to just sit there and read for hours and hours. I have a lot that I’m responsible for, and that’s not even really including keeping the kids alive. Between cooking (which I literally feel like I’m either doing or thinking about constantly…), cleaning, bathing-reading to-playing with my kids, doing laundry, ect. there really is always something that I could or should be doing. But I think that reading is really worth the time investment. So how do I find the time to read?
- I make time. I allow myself the brain and time space to read because it honestly makes me feel better about life. I enjoy learning-something that I strangely miss since being a stay at home mom for a solid few years now. I enjoy escaping to another world (sometimes.) It fuels me back up to feel like I can keep on mom-ing. Sometimes I will literally just not do something else in order to be able to read…Does this make me lazy? I don’t know yet-but so far I have not faced any major repercussions.
- I listen to audio books. Is this cheating? If it is, oh well. Listen sister-I said it before-I gotta lot of things I need to be doing. Every so often I start to feel itchy if I’m not getting things done that I know I NEED to do, especially if the dead line is coming up (like…dinner time.) Audio books are so awesome because I can listen and cook or listen and wash dishes. Basically, the only chore I am unable to accomplish while listening to an audio book is vacuum, which doesn’t really take me very long anyway. I use Audible, but there are lots of other options out there. Christianaudio offers a free book every month. My library offers some audio books fo’ free too!
- I read while my kids crawl all over me. I sometimes lay on the ground and they will bounce up and down on my back. They pull my hair. One of them nurses while I read. It’s basically constant interruptions, but I don’t care too much. It’s easy for me to get sucked into a book and I think a little reading is better than no reading.
- I read after the kids go to bed. Plain and simple. It doesn’t happen too often since often that’s when my husband is home, but sometimes he wants to watch a show that I’m not interested in and so I will sit my happy butt next to him and read.
- I read books on my Kindle. I love that I can “turn the pages” with one finger…so convenient when I’m breastfeeding. Kindle also has an app so I can read on my phone anywhere. Another way I get a lot (maybe too much) reading in is in bed after everyone else is asleep. Every so often I have insomnia, and I know that looking at a screen makes that worse, but sometimes I don’t care. I’ve read tons and tons of books this way-in bed, while everyone else is asleep.
If I had to give you one final bit of advice I would say to use all three ways of “reading”-paper books, audiobooks, and Kindle books. I always have a least one book going on each of these platforms (right now it’s much more than that…) That way, I am almost always able to find some time to fit some reading in.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom
Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan
Dance, Stand, Run by Jess Connolly- I’m lucky enough to be on the launch team, this book comes out October 24th!
Well there you have it! How do you fit reading into your schedule? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below! 🙂