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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Choosing a secondary school for your child

Choosing a secondary school for your child - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I can’t believe that my family is already at the stage of having to choose a high school!

My eldest daughter is now in her final year of primary school so lately we have been spending some time considering the best school for her to continue her education.

There is so much to keep in mind, particularly at such a young age when she still has so much growth and change ahead of her as she navigates her way through the teenage years and becomes a young adult.

When I started high school, we simply went to the school closest to our home or the same school our older siblings were already attending. I don’t remember touring any schools or being involved in any kind of discussion as to which school I should enrol in.

These days, the choice can be more than a little overwhelming. However, I’ve tried my best to keep the process as simple as possible.

I thought I would share a few tips and some of the thoughts I have kept in mind throughout this decision-making process.

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Living loving making baking | Groundhog Days

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

My mornings honestly feel like something out of Groundhog Day at the moment.

Every weekday morning I wake at 6.30am to Miss 2 calling out ‘Mama, mama, mama’ in the cutest little voice ever as she waits to be fetched from her cot for a morning snuggle in my bed.

But wait. Now cue the Labrador whining from his mat by the patio door wanting to be let outside for breakfast. Then the bells on the cat’s collar ringing as she jumps off the bed and starts meowing for her food.

I leave the bed¬†again, telling Miss 2 I’ll be back, and stumble around the house half asleep setting the animals up for their day. Then return to bed for a quick cuddle before getting up and dressed for the day, preparing lunches for my two older girls and getting them ready for school.

Some mornings the monotony drives me insane and I sigh as I go about my morning. Other days I see it in an entirely different light and feel extremely grateful for all I have and the opportunity to spend time with my girls in the morning and help get our day started right -the latter is not always an achievable goal, but something to aspire to anyway!

Today I’m starting a new series on the blog – Living Loving Making Baking. I hope to prepare a monthly post 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’s happening in my world right now …

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