When I was little my grandma made me a pink Care Bear and I would hold her on my lap while my mom read story after story to me. I still remember her voice trailing off and me saying, “Mom are you awake?” And she’d start reading again. Now I’m a mother and understand the long to-do list that has to go untouched, the heavy eyelids you’re trying to keep open and the monotony of reading the same book over and over again, but more importantly I understand that you never get that time back, ever. Each day they are one day older. Each day they are one day closer to not sitting on your lap, slowly drifting off to sleep... both of you. 😉 reading with our children has proven to be one of our best decisions. It helps the child to learn words and fluctuation in tone. It helps them to problem solve and use their imaginations. Most of all it helps them to know that their mommy and daddy love them and want to be with them. You can’t snuggle them beside you. Stick them on your lap so they can hear your heart beat and your arms can be around them. Hearts connect in a way we don’t even understand until you’re suddenly the Mom and realize it wasn’t about the story at all, it was about you. We posted about our favorite books for little boys and would love for you to leave comments on the blog post for others looking for good books and triple dog dare you to give a book to each child for Christmas this year and maybe even set a #familygoal of reading together before bed once a week or more. You’d be surprised by what turning off the tv could do for everyone. ❤️❤️❤️
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Daddy just keeping me warm at the dog park tonight! 🐶❄️
All day every day 💜
Edit: Monty looks tiny in this picture but that’s because he is tiny. He only weighs 9lbs (4 kg). Michael does not have huge hands or anything, Monty is just a tiny but mighty boy 😊