February 17, 2014

Book Preview ~ Searching for Sanity

Searching for Sanity by Lindsey Bell

Have you ever looked at your beloved children and wondered, what in the world am I doing? Why did God trust me—of all people—to raise them?

Motherhood is the most difficult job many of us will ever take. Searching for Sanity offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the Word, and learn from parents of the past. In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book uses the parents of the Bible—both the good and the bad—to inspire today’s mothers.

Lindsey Bell is the author of Searching for Sanity, a new parenting devotional. She’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover. You can learn more about Lindsey and her writing on her website: www.lindseymbell.com.

8 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read

have one child who loves to read. He will literally sit on my lap for an hour reading a chapter book (and he’s only five years old)!

I have another child, though, who will sit on my lap and read for about … thirty seconds.  Granted, he’s only two years old, so maybe he’ll enjoy reading more once he’s older. At least that’s what I hope.

Here are a few things we have done in our home to encourage reading:

1. Start early.

We read to our kids from the moment they are home from the hospital. At first, the books are short, but as our kids grow, so does the length of our books. One great way to incorporate reading into your day is to read every night before bed. Incorporate a book into your nightly routine. That way it won’t get squeezed out in the busyness of the day.

2. Make it fun.

As you read, use fun voices with different characters. When I read the Bible story of David and Goliath to my boys, I always give Goliath a very deep and angry voice. My boys love it!

3. Choose books they enjoy.

Or better yet…allow them to choose the books they read. I know it’s not always fun to read about tractors and tires. Believe me…the books we read would certainly not be the ones I choose for myself. But my sons love them, so I read them.

4. Do more than just read.

After you’ve finished a story, act it out or do a craft project that goes along with it. For instance, after you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, go on a hunt for caterpillars or butterflies. Talk about the stories, and ask questions as you read.

5. Build a reading nook.

Using blankets and pillows, make your very own reading fort. Read by flashlight if your eyes can handle it.

6. Get involved at your local library.

During the summer, most libraries have summer reading programs that offer rewards to your children for reading. There’s nothing like the promise of an ice cream cone or new toy to get a less-than-enthusiastic reader more excited. My local library has a summer reading program but also does story hour throughout the year. There are no prizes at story hour, but there are snacks and crafts (something my sons love).

7. Create your very own book club.

Connect with other parents at church or in your network of friends and develop your own book club or reading program to do with your children.

8. Set a good example.

If your child sees you reading, he or she will probably follow in your footsteps and enjoy reading as well.

Let’s Talk: What other ways do you encourage reading in your children? Leave a comment to be entered to win a gift card from Lindsey for her blog tour contest!

This post is part of a Lindsey’s blog tour for Searching for Sanity, her new parenting devotional. You can read other posts in this tour by going to her blog: www.lindsey-bell.com.
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