New Mom Secret: I Hide My Kids' Favorite Books and Movies

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me) -- we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:


I read to my children multiple times a day, but my son likes one book and my daughter likes another. And that's it. There are literally hundreds of books. We go to the library once a week and get all new books, but my children are still obsessed with the same two. It's the same with movies. So, recently I've started hiding those two books and the movie my daughter always wants. She gets upset, but she seems to accept "we can't find it." I feel bad, but I can't stand to watch or read that stuff 10 times a day. -- Anonymous

I know where you're coming from. Believe me, I do.

I've seen Cinderella three times today and read Sam's Fire Truck at least 15. That said, I don't really think mixing them up makes things more interesting. Kids are only kids for 10 minutes in the scheme of things and I get it that you want them to mix it up, but children love their routines and their certain things and they like them again and again.

Do you really want to discourage that?

I'm not sure how old your children are, but if they're little, which I assume they are, maybe you could compromise with them.

"I will read your books twice and then you can read a new one after."

It might work.

The important thing is letting your children do what they love while also exposing them to (some) new things.

Good luck.

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