Growing up I loved trips to the library to get a new book and was always so eager to go. I remember running with my books into the door and how much I loved scanning and stamping them in and out. It wasn’t just about getting a new book but also being able to go somewhere and see what I wanted. Since being a adult I don’t think I’ve gone to the library since I was around 13 years ago which is now almost 12 years ago. Scary!
One thing I’ve always enjoyed is reading and it gives me joy knowing I’ve been passing that onto Elijah. Elijah loves reading and we have 100s (not a exaggeration his books shelf is full to the brim and he has a book box full that’s overflowing and around 45 books on a shelf). I’ve come to think it’s wasteful to have so many books and we should start donating some we don’t read and going to the library instead. Obviously if he really likes a book I’ll probably still buy it but I’m trying not to be so wasteful:
We signed Elijah up and he absolutely loved it. He ran over grabbing all the books he could read and played in the kids section. He did colouring and played with the toys. We choose some books and I got them out and we brought them home. Did you know you can get up to 20 books at one time for three weeks? That’s a lot of books and a lot of time. It’s also completely free and better for the environment. What a great way to have a trip out the house and also learn while we do it! Visiting the library also keeps them too and it’s such a great part of the community, they also do classes and activities regularly for all the family.
When choosing books for little ones i always just get fun books i think he will enjoy bright and colourful is the main thing i like to look for. However i saw a few books in the works on deal and for 3 for 5 it was hard not to not browse. I had spent quite a while looking for little books that teach lessons in a kind way and these books do just that.
Tiger has a tantrum is the first book that I looked at it is something that grabbed my attention straight away. Elijah is really going through the tantrum stage and this book teaches him how to understand his feelings and not be naughty. Essentially it uses pictures and words to explain this in a nice kind way as well as the other books.
It’s not always easy to share The book about sharing is also a good book which shows from the child’s perspective that is having other children snatch from them.It shows how the act of snatching makes them feel bad and how the other child is snatching. It shows also something as a mum i didn’t realise i did and make my child share everything because another child wants it. I know think and tell Elijah to tell the other child done he is playing right now and they can play together or wait till her is done. It shows what its like for that person when you snatch from and teaches not to snatch and you do not always have to share. A very intresting take on explaining sharing which would be great for older brothers or sisters.
My favourite book is Harrison Spader personal space invader. This book is really great it teaches not to squeeze when cuddling, touch other people all the time, sit to close and lots of other things. One thing ive found with elijah is that he can be very cuddly, i love this about him but hes started cuddling children so hard they fall over a bit of gentle guidence is really good.
I know at this age hes not going to take in the information but reading over and over as he gets older i think hell learn and it will help him understand more about his feelings and others. If it can help Elijah with tantrums, sitting on us constantly and insisting on rugby tackling his mates with love i am all for it.
One thing I’ve done since taking a cleanse of social media is read more. My books that I have been buying but not “having the time to read” had been gathering dust on my overcrowded book shelf.
Since giving up social media for my mental health I’ve had so much time! After cleaning the house I have so much free time now so I choose to read a book or watch a tv or both at same time loosely listening or reading. I read all sorts and I’m currently in between two books. I’m taking a break from reading the flat share mainly because I left it downstairs one night and couldn’t be bothered to fetch it so started a new book. I am hooked at the moment reading the tattooist of auschwitz which I’m reading on my kindle. I’ve polished of three books in the last week I have not been glued to my phone and it’s amazing I feel my brain working and like I’m transported somewhere else where the stress just disappears while i am in my imagination.
I’ve also been brought a new kindle from my lovely husband which I adore. My old kindle had been broken for a year and in usable and I hate using kindle on iPhone/iPad/kindle fire as the blue light gives me a headache and I’m tempted to go on social media or I get a notification and I’m distracted. This way it’s comfortable and feels lighter than my phone and I have a unlimited library for my books instead of my bookshelf’s pile either side that’s growing.
One thing I will recommend to anyone who’s feeling particularly stressed. Get off your phone. Search for a good book and read it. Take your time it’s no rush and relax let your mind escape and focus on something else. It also gives you something positive to talk about other than what you’ve seen of Facebook/ Twitter or instagram today.