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If you give a toddler a purse…

I had an afternoon to myself yesterday. My husband stayed home with our daughter and I got some much needed R&R at a local spa (ie, my Mother’s Day gift). Before we met up for dinner i did some shopping. While I was eyeing some Vera Bradley bags I noticed something: teeny purses. There were two, toddler-sized bags hanging up. I immediately thought, “Izzy and Addy.” (Addy is my best friend’s daughter who is three months younger than Isabelle.)

Maybe it was the price tag ($22) or maybe it was recently finishing Cinderella Ate My Daughter, but I stopped myself. Neither my daughter nor Addy needs a purse! While it’d be cute, at first, I think I could be setting myself up for disaster. What if she got hooked on toting around a purse? Did I really need something else to keep track of when we go out? (Just remembering her sippy cup, diapers, & a change of clothes is enough!) And besides, I don’t think it sends the right message to start buying a toddler purses.

I once taught a group of fifth grade girls who, while in fourth grade, wouldn’t walk so far as to the other side of the room without their purses. (I put the kibosh on that day one of fifth grade.) Visions of a ten year-old Isabelle wanting her purse 24/7 flashed in my mind. That’s when I decided she wouldn’t be getting a purse just yet. There’s no reason to make my daughter any older than she is!

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Although, if she were going to use it to carry around some of her small books, then… (Not even for books!)

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Does the world really need another blog about reading and motherhood?

This was the question I asked an acquaintance of mine around 7:45 p.m. this evening after I finished a 2.5 hour long seminar.  I asked the question sarcastically.  She seemed to think it did.  In fact, she nudged me to start this blog, which is something I have been thinking about for the past few months.

Yes.  The world does need another blog about reading to children.  Why?  Because there are plenty of parents out there who have questions about leading their children on a literacy journey.  And then there are plenty of parents out there who need a push to read to their children more.  I know I won’t be able to change the way all parents read to their children.  While I’m a certified literacy specialist, I’m not a reading specialist.  There are plenty of people who know more about reading than I do.  I’m very willing to admit that.  However, I love books and I love my daughter who is presently 13 months old.  What better way to explore my love of literature and family than blogging about the two together.

So, yes.  The world needs this blog.  It’s going to be a blog about the books I read to my daughter and the way I help her to read the world at-large.  I might touch a little bit on theory and bring in some funny stories, but mostly I hope to stay focused on the joy of reading to a developing reader.  I’m not the first mom to start a blog about reading to my child and I sure won’t be the last.  But, I’ve found, through the years, that if it’s important to you, then it’s important to write about.  So here I am.