It’s Sunday. For most of us, Sunday is an “off” day. A day to relax, read the paper, watch sports on TV, go to church, and call Mom. I’d like to propose that Sunday become a time to read.
Maybe an hour. Maybe two. Everyone in the family gathers in the living room, picks a book, and reads. If the kids are too young to read, then an adult reads aloud to them. There could even be family discussions on a book that everyone reads.
I grew up reading. That was before online games, Wii, texting, and cable television, though. I’m guessing here, but I don’t think there’s as much reading for pleasure anymore.
There are benefits to reading. You learn. You can experience other cultures and other viewpoints and learn about history through compelling characters. Your vocabulary increases. Your spelling improves. I dare say reading makes you smarter. Plus, if you do it as a family, even though you’re reading silently to yourself, your family ties are closer than if everyone’s off doing his or her own thing.
So, I’m calling for a Sunday Family Reading Hour. It might just give a whole new meaning to “time out” -- for the kids and for the parents.
6 months ago