5 Ways To Find More Time To Read As A Mom With Young Children
I absolutely love to read! Since I was a little girl, I could often be found with my face buried in a good novel and even trying to write my own. I must admit that it's been a while since I've indulged in fiction. These days I'm likely to have a personal development or business book in hand to help me navigate the personal goals I've created for myself.
I'm often asked how I manage to squeeze in time for reading, especially being a mom of young children - now 4 years old and 3 months. It's not easy, but like anything else, you make time for what's important to you. Here are a few ways I'm able to squeeze in reading while being home with my children, running two businesses, being a wife and balancing countless other roles:
TIP 1: PICK A BOOK OVER WATCHING TV
Downtime isn't something we have much of when our kids are small, but every once in a while you may have just a few minutes to decompress. Almost instinctively, we reach for the remote, but catch yourself and go for a book instead. I've found that many successful people I admire watch little to no TV. Perhaps it's not that serious for you, but as busy as you are, you may be scheduling TV time which could be substituted with reading at least a few times per week.
TIP 2: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NAP TIME
Nap time is one of the most magical times of the days for mommies, am I right? Depending on how old your child is, they may even take several naps. I know we often use this time to catch up on chores and other projects, but this a time that can be used for a little reading as well.
TIP 3: READ A FEW PAGES BEFORE BED
This isn't a race and there's no due date on when you have to finish. If you can only get a few minutes to read before calling it a night, that's ok. Reading three to five pages a night is not a crime. I've admitted that I tend to "fall out" at the end of the night or end up falling asleep with my kids while putting them to bed, but I've been doing my best to make an effort to put them to bed and have a few moments to myself once they're tucked in. Depending on the kind of day I've had, sometimes this is the only time for the day that I can open a book.
TIP 4: BRING YOUR BOOK IN THE BATHROOM
I know, our little ones follow us everywhere - even to the bathroom! This may be a little odd, but the bathroom is one of the perfect places to get in a few pages. You're just sitting there, may as well bring a book with you.
Don't tell my husband, but when he's home and I have extra hands to watch the kiddos, I definitely extend my bathroom time just so I can read. I've even faked having to go to the bathroom just so I can be alone for a few minutes AND get through at least half a chapter.
This is one of my best kept secrets! Let's keep it between us :)
TIP 5: READ DURING BREAKS AND LUNCH TIME
If you work outside the home, lunch and breaks are a great time to get lost in a book. At my last job, my co-workers often came to my desk asking what I was reading that week because I was always seen around the office with a book in my hand. Escaping into a book is good way to tune out what's going on at work, especially if you work in a stressful enviornment.