My Mom sometimes tells a little story or shares a tidbit of motherhood wisdom that always turns out to be the best. advice. ever. I’m a lucky daughter AND a lucky mama to have my mom around.
Recently Mom shared a suggestion that has become such an enjoyable part of my daily routine. She suggested that I set aside ten minutes to read something. Anything. For ten minutes a day.
Mom agreed that it’s hard to find time to read consistently when you’re a mom to Littles, but she said that even if I only can read for 10 minutes in a day, I’m still making progress in a book or a magazine. And eventually, I’ll finish that book and will pick up another one. And that other one will eventually get read cover to cover, even if it’s only in ten minute increments a day.
Well well well. After only two weeks of burying my nose in a book for ten minutes or so every afternoon, I can honestly say that this has become a much anticipated, much enjoyed part of my daily routine.
If I can get all three kids to nap at the same time (even if the baby only naps for a few minutes…he’s a horrible afternoon napper), I’ll grab a glass of iced tea, go out to my front porch, and read for ten minutes in the sun.
It is DELIGHTFUL. It’s therapeutic. And it feels like I’m actually using my brain (not that it doesn’t take brains to change diapers and make toddler lunches…But. You know. ;o)
I’ve loved to read books ever since I was little (The homeschooled 4th grader who hid her Nancy Drew book behind the Saxon Math book so her mom thought she was really doing math? Oh yeah. That was me), and it’s been one of the hardest hobbies to keep up with since I became a mom. But this ten minutes a day thing – it works! And I’m actually reading whole books again, even if it is very slowly.
This week I’m reading Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson (WOW. Just wow.) I started the book on Monday and I’m about 80 pages in…which means by the end of next week I’ll be choosing another title. Slowest book finisher EVER, but at least I’m reading something other than my Bloglovin feed on my smartphone while I feed and rock my baby.
If any of you moms find reading whole books hard to fit into life, I hope you try 10 minutes tomorrow. And the next day. And then don’t forget to come back here and recommend the books you loved to yours truly. I’m working on a long reading wish list these days.