Without a doubt, the question we- as moms of all these little, wild kids- are most asked about our reading habits is when, when, when? Sometimes it is a genuine question: “Literally at what moment do you get to read a page?” but oftentimes it feels a bit more judgmental, like maybe we aren’t doing as much as everyone else so we have PLENTY of leisure time to curl up with a book and some hot chocolate. Heh.
We’ve talked about this and joked about quick, snarky answers that we could fire back, but the truth is- we get it.
We too have days so full that the luxury of sitting down with a book seems impossible. We understand what it feels like to have nights when you are so tired you just fall into bed, eyes closed before pillow contact occurs. We are right there with you on days when you just go and go and go and go. We totally get feeling like all of your brains have been used up, maybe forever.
But what we want to actually respond to everyone that asks is this: Reading is our sanity. It is our escape. It is how we feel like humans, like grown ups, like ourselves. We read because after a long day with kids, nothing calms our brains down quicker. We read because we want to continue to develop as people. We read because we think we deserve it for ourselves.
That said, even for people who are passionate about books, when you are struggling and treading water and time is tight, it truly is hard to find time to even get in a page… so we’ve devised tricks. We’ve come up with ways to make this work- ways to be parents and spouses and employees… and readers.
Feel free to steal these. Pin them, share them on Facebook- heck, set them as your profile picture!- and tell the world when you find time to get in a few pages here and there.
Any tricks or tips that you use that aren’t listed here? We’re always looking for more ways to squeeze in some reading!