Friday, April 13, 2012

A little triumph

I had been listening to a Mormon Channel podcast. Julie B. Beck said that when her kids were young, she never made them stop reading to go to sleep. She believed that a reading child stayed out of trouble.

I decided that I agreed.

So tonight, I put Grace and Claire in bed and handed Grace her book. I left the room, kept on the light, and shut the door.

I expected to hear the silence of one reading brain and a sleeping one. Instead I heard complete chaos. Laughing, squealing, wrestling, screams of delight. Nothing conducive to reading. And usually I would probably yell at them. In a very harsh mommy voice I would probably shout, "Be quiet, and go to sleep!!" (Not that there's ever screaming in this household.)

But I thought about Sister Beck and I thought that I probably wanted to encourage sisterly affection as much as I wanted to encourage reading. And they seemed happy. So I stayed mostly quiet.

Several minutes later, Grace shuffled down the hall with a smirk. "Mom. You know what I just realized?"

"What did you realize, Grace?"

"That even if your sister's littler than you, you can have a lot of fun playing with her." And she shuffled away.

And man, they made my month.


  1. This makes my heart so happy. I am so excited to have 2 girls close in age. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective.

  2. Aw, love that story! We share a similar philosophy and lt them giggle and chat in their beds at night...which usually leads to some games and crazy-laughter. If it gets too late we intervene but otherwise, we figure that's where bonds are formed, and we're just preparing them for having a future family...where they won't ever sleep again!! :)

  3. I just wanted to say thanks for the comment/advice you left on my blog about parenting. It was helpful. It's so nice knowing I'm not alone.