Mom Confessions: I Hate Reading Children's Books


mom confessionsIt's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

-- I hate reading to my toddler. I know that sounds terrible, but I can't stand the characters he likes, and why do some of them have to go 50 pages? I miss the newborn days when I could read whatever I wanted to my child. -- anonymous

-- I don't read to my toddler. I like to read to her and I really try, but she doesn't like it and won't pay attention. All she wants to do is eat the book and rip the pages, so I give up. -- anonymous

-- I read adult material to my child, including the newspaper and bestselling novels. That way I get some enjoyment and he still gets the language development part of it. -- anonymous



We all know we should read to our toddlers every day. But how often do we really do it?

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Does it matter what you read to your toddler as long as your read to them? Is it appropriate to read a bestselling novel, magazine article, or newspaper to a tot?

We all have secrets and opinions -- so thanks to these brave moms for sharing their honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

Past Confessions:

I Sleep Naked With My Toddler

I Hate My Neighbor's Kid

I Don't Like to Play

I Sleep While My Kid Is Up

My Kid Watches TV Up Close

I Let My Toddler Play Outside Alone

I Turn My Kids Over to A Mom I Just Met

My Toddler Wears Crude T-Shirts

I Let My Toddlers Climb Play Equipment Unassisted

My Kids Go to Sleep After Midnight

I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public

I Throw Away My Kid's Artwork

I Paid $22 for My Son's Haircut

My Toddlers Eat Pizza for Breakfast

I'm Dying My Toddler's Hair

I Leave My Toddler Alone in the Bath

Our Children Aren't Invited to Our Wedding

I Scold Other People's Kids

I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Still Going to Day Care

I Favor My Older Child

I Let My Toddler Eat Food Before Paying for It

I Find Excuses to Send My Kids to Bed Early



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6boys... 6boysrmine

I just ordered a product called Read Along with Me.  It is a program that will allow you, grandma, an aunt or uncle, or even a teacher reading ANY story book that you choose.  The cool part is that you can add sound effects and everything, and your kids can help!  I can't wait for mine to arrive so that we can start playing with it.  Perhaps if you add some action to your stories, reading  will become more fun for you and your toddler.  I also have a sales code: JHsave10

This will get you a 10% discount and a free MP3 player.  Check out the website:

Simpl... Simply_Janeen

I don't like to read outload very much. I especially hate Dr. Seuss. Having speech issues, it's a challenge at times for me to read outloud and some kid books are heavy on the S, Th, Ch, and Sh words which are really hard for me. Fortunately, DH reads to DD a lot. I don't recall having anyone read to me as a child but I read from a normal age and read whenever I can as an adult. Problem is, I go through books too quickly and it's hard to find books in English here. I SO miss US libraries! But as she gets older, I hope to start reading more of the chapter books to her so that she develops the love of some of the books I loved as a child. One of my favorite things as a kid was when the teacher read to us after recess.

budda... buddahbum

Ok I hate reading to my child. I almost 4 yr old I hate hate  hate reading to her, just cause I do not like reading books. Now my 18 month old,  I read to if she hands me a book, cause it's really short, but then she wants me to read it 50 times, which is normal I get it. I will read it maybe 2 , 3 times and then say no. I don't even read myself, I read maybe 1 book a year. My partner hates reading to our kids as well. I know it sounds horrible! and it IS what we are Supposed to do right?!  I mean what Society expects of us!  Realistically  our kids are smart and will be able to read.  Sure I do feel guilt. But whatever.  When She starts bringing books home from school that I have to read to her, Then I will. 

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