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How I Find Time to Read with Three Small Children

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about what I’ve been reading lately, and posted it to my personal Facebook because I love hearing what my friends are reading as well. One of my friends asked how I read so much and I gave her a quick, off the cuff answer. Here is my long answer for her, and for anyone else who wants to fit more reading in their life or who wonders how I read so much.

I try to always have several books on the go – on my night table to read a few chapters before bed, downstairs by the couch and one in my purse. Several books and several different topics means that it’s easier to reach for a book than my phone and keep me from getting bored with one author. I’m finding new ways to read a few chapters since my arms are almost always full of the most adorable baby. My old habits of reading while the girls played at the park or beach or bath have had to be revamped.

How I Find Time to Read with Three Small Children || this vintage moment

I don’t do a lot of anything else right now. I don’t sew or knit or craft. I’m not hosting multiple gatherings in a month. Reading is my thing. It has always been my go-to activity ever since I could read but right now it’s my only one besides taking care of my beloved little family, date nights and homeschooling. I will read over doing anything else and especially if I happen to co-ordinate my baby’s nap with my big girls quiet time.

I’m always requesting books from the library and getting titles from blog round ups like this one or following bookish people on Pinterest. And I love asking people what they’re reading lately, sometimes we can nerd out on a favourite one we’ve both read or get new titles to add to my list.

I make fairly quick decisions about books, I don’t have any time to waste on a bad book or a topic that is not for me right now. I will abandon books within a few pages or even after reading the back cover. And I’m trying to be a little more realistic with my book goals- reading some of the super long classics may not happen this year and I’m okay with that. I’m looking at you Les Miserables and Gone With the Wind.

How I Find Time to Read with Three Small Children || this vintage moment

Read aloud time has become a backbone of our homeschooling day and it has motivated me to read more personally. I want to reach for my book more then my phone and I want to model reading for my children. Through reading I can enter many different worlds and learn many new things all from the comfort of my couch or my back porch.

There’s always something I could do when I have a few quiet moments but I will almost choose to read.

How do you make time to read or do your go-to hobby? I’d love to hear what fills your cup!


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  • Carrie Roer March 30, 2016, 1:22 pm

    These kind of posts are always so encouraging to me. My goal the last few years has been to read 36 books — 3 a month. I keep falling short, then feeling bad when I see people (with young kids!) reading a hundred or more in a year.

    For some reason this year is different. I’m already at 16 books in 3 months! And I think it’s because my habits have changed. I too am choosing more often to reach for a book instead of my phone, and my crochet projects have sat on the shelf since last year. I only have a 5 and 3 year old, but they keep me busy too. 🙂

    • thisvintagemoment March 31, 2016, 2:32 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you found this relatable and encouraging! I think everyone is different and habits make a huge difference. Finding my own reading routine was so good for me and sounds like for you as well. And 5&3 are busy ages!!

  • Rachelle March 30, 2016, 4:55 pm

    Yup, sounds pretty familiar!! I get that question all the time too, and really, it does come down to a matter of what’s important to each person. Reading is my passion, how I learn about life, and also how I relax. So I grab chapters when I can, I read while nursing, if I have time in the evenings I read, and I like to have a book with me whenever I’m out. Amazingly, I get to quite a few books in despite having five busy children and a business for which I do bookkeeping. ?

    • thisvintagemoment March 31, 2016, 2:34 pm

      It really is just what is important to each person, there is no right or best hobby. =)

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