Encouraging a lifelong love of reading and how to choose the right book for your child

Encouraging a lifelong love of reading - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

In conjunction with Dymocks

Most nights my children read before going to bed. It’s a bit of a juggling act with three children of such different ages – 2, 8 and 12 – but it’s something we have done together since they were toddlers and it’s a routine I will continue to encourage.

Even though my eldest is nearing high school and usually reads to herself nearing high school, she still enjoys sharing a few pages from the current book she is reading and often asks if she can read to me. I love that she’s getting to an age where we’re starting to enjoy reading some of the same books – there’s some really great young adult fiction out there!

Personally, I can’t think of anything better than curling up with a good book before bed … well anytime really!

So I was excited to be contacted by Dymocks last week and hear all about its new campaign to encourage more children to pick up a book and get reading for fun.

I was also offered the opportunity to ask Dymocks literacy expert and author Louise Park a few questions to help parents of children of all age develop and maintain a lifelong love for reading – in particular she offers some fabulous tips for how to choose the right book for your child!

There’s also a handy list of book recommendations for different reading stages, in case you and your child need help with choosing a book.

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Living loving making baking | Looking ahead

Living Loving Making Baking Looking ahead - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I’ve kind of been freaking myself out over the past week by thinking about all of the things that lay ahead for the year and I need to plan (and pay!) for.

Now that my children’s birthdays are over for the year (Miss 8 celebrated her birthday on the weekend!), I have been looking ahead to the many other things that will need to be organised.

It’s kind of scary but by mapping it all out I hope to spread out the costs and make the whole process a lot simpler and less stressful.

The biggest thing is Miss 12 starting high school next year. It means a whole new uniform, books and stationery, iPad and mobile phone, as she’ll be walking at least part way home.

And, while I really don’t want to say it, Christmas is only a little over four months away! I also hope to manage the costs by buying a few gifts each month so by the time December rolls around it’s all pretty much taken care of. As I said above, simpler and less stressful is my motto.

Let’s hope it all goes to plan. Wish me luck!

Today I’m continuing my new blog series – Living Loving Making Baking. I hope to prepare a monthly post (sorry I missed July but I’m back this month!) giving an update on what I have been up to lately, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, yummy baking recipes I have come across and so on.

So here’s what has been happening…

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A tragic reminder…

A tragic reminder - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

The past few weeks have been tough for me, family and friends as we were reminded of just how precious life is and the importance of treasuring each and every moment with the ones we love the most.

Originally, I had planned to take a short media hiatus over the last school holidays to enjoy some time with my children. But the importance of spending time with the ones I love the most was highlighted in the most awful of circumstances when I received the news that a dear friend had passed away.

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