We have lots of images in our heads and daydreams don’t we when we think about having our little ones. We imagine what it will be like having them, how we will feel and all the things that we want to do and will do with them. I can remember as a very little girl climbing up onto my mummy’s lap or if I was with my Nanny into one of those Riser Recliner Chairs for the Elderly wiggling around to get comfy and handing them a book and listening to them reading the words as I watched the pictures and let the story come alive in my mind. For as long as I can remember I have loved to read. Even now, when I have the time, there is nothing I love more than picking up a book and yes I mean an actual book as despite being a blogger I still prefer the feel, the smell and the whole experience of reading a new or old story. When I was pregnant with Alyssa, one of the daydreams I had was about my little girl, climbing into my lap, wriggling around the get comfy and then handing me a book for us to read. Then when she was a bit older, us sat together on her bed, reading a bedtime story before she went to sleep. Thing is, so far, it hasn’t quite worked out that way…
When choosing toys for Alyssa before she was born and for every birthday and Christmas since, it has always involved a book or two including pop-up books, sensory books and books all about her favourite characters such as Iggle Piggle and the rest of the gang from In the Night Garden.
As I said, I have had images in my mind of us sharing books together and her love for them growing like mine did. However, currently the only things Alyssa wants to do with books is either chewing them or ripping them. I have ended up putting away paper books so that she cannot rip those and I will save them until she is a bit older and we now just have the harder cardboard books available. I do try. I get one out and start reading it aloud just to myself to see if I can spark her interest. I add voices and sometimes actions too but I only usually get one of two results; I get completely ignored or I get the book taken off of me. I have even begun to give up trying!
Recently she did let me read one of her little books to her – she brought it to me herself. It was one of her little In the Night Garden books and she stood there and listened to the whole story and then went off to play with her dolly. I get that she is still young but she really does seem to have no interest in them at all and rather guiltily I feel a bit disappointed by that. I see lots of mums posting about there little ones loving books and sitting and reading to them and that is with children younger as well as older than Alyssa and it makes me worry that I should or could have done something more to encourage her to like books.
My little one is a very clever little girl and her language skills are brilliant but stupidly her lack of interests in books does worry me. Would you worry? Do you have a little one who has no interest in books? Or do you have any suggestions of how I can get my little one interested in them? Or do you think I am just being a little bit neurotic and should just let her hopefully discover them on her own (you will quite possibly see a post in about 3 years time with me saying she won’t stop asking me to read stories!!)? Any advice you have would be gratefully received – it’s not like I want her to be reading Pride and Prejudice…. not yet anyway!
This is a collaborative post – all thoughts are my own