Ask me to name the things I love most in the world and it’s a very simple list:
- My family
- My friends
(Not necessarily always in that order)
Reading to my children was always going to be one of the greatest pleasures of parenthood (preferably with coffee in hand). It is a source of great pride to me that, while there are many ways I fall short of the ideal parent (MANY!), there is not a day in my boys’ life when they have not been read to. Both boys had their own library card within a week of being born and ‘if you do that again you’ll lose a bedtime story’ is the most effective discipline technique in our household.
The only problem with our familial love of books is the sheer number we get through. With most children’s books taking less than a couple of minutes to read, and endles bedtimes to fill, I can’t imagine its a problem we face alone. So how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? The Dear Zoos from the Pip and Posys? The classics like Roald Dahl from the books so horrendously boring you can only assume the author had some major dirt on someone in the publishing world?
Hopefully now, with this blog.
I started writing the Sceptical Mum blog as my brain slowly melted from the inanity of endless nappy changing and nursery rhyme singing on my first maternity leave. As my children grow older and I spend less time discussing feeding and weaning, I find myself slightly less sceptical about motherhood. As my family matures, so must this blog. But what can I write about? With so many parenting blogs around, what do I know that other people might not?
Books. I don’t know much, but books I know.
This is not about reviewing books for kids. Let’s be honest, up to a certain age they’ll enjoy any old tat if it’s got a picture of a funny monkey or the word poo in the title! This is about us parents, the poor sods who have to read this stuff 20 times a day. Surely we deserve to enjoy story time as much as they do?
From the sublime to the ridiculous, the beautifully emotional to the mischievously subversive, this blog aims to guide you through the wondrous world children’s books with a wry smile and the odd chuckle.
Grab a coffee, snuggle up and enjoy.