Becky and I are excited to have author and speaker Tim Shoemaker join our 1C13P Team. We met Tim at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference a few years ago. (In fact, Tim is even one of our endorsers for Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love!) Today is his 1C13P writing debut. We know you will be bless by this dad’s (and granddad’s) wisdom, humility, and kind heart.
With faith, hope, and love,
What if there was a way to take your kids on a pulse-pounding adventure—without putting them in any real danger?
Both are entirely possible when you read the right books aloud to your kids.
When our boys were growing up, I discovered the absolute joy of reading to them—even as they entered their teen years. Yes, kids need to read on their own. But if read a book to them occasionally you’ll likely enjoy the time as much as they do—and you’ll be there to help them process what they read.
Lets talk about some things that can make reading to your kids one of the highlights of this upcoming holiday season.
- Pick a Time That Won’t Conflict with Their Plans
If you read to kids at bedtime you won’t be taking them from anything they planned to do. That means they’ll be less distracted. You’re giving them a little bonus time by reading to them past bedtime. They’ll like that. When you finish the chapter—and they beg you to read one more—be a pushover. They’ll like that, too.
- Set the Mood
Create some atmosphere. When the lights are low there are less things in the room to distract kids—and it’s easier for them to drop into that story world. Use a flashlight or a glow stick from the dollar store so you can read in a darkened room.
- Make it Fun
Read with expression, and do all the reading yourself. Asking the kids to read portions of the story aloud rips them out of the story world they’re in. That’s not the way to maximize the impact of a book. Let them kick back and get lost in the story. And for this brief moment in your day, don’t look at the clock—or your phone.
- What if My Kids are All Different Ages?
Target your oldest kids when picking books to read. Stay with their interests. You’ve got less time with your older kids. And your older kids are closer to the more serious dangers in life. If excellent fiction can help readers make wise choices and develop good character, it’s pretty important to cater your book selection to your older kids. Include as many of the younger kids for the read aloud as would be appropriate for the book you’ve chosen. Read the younger kids a different book at a different time if you need to.
- Choose the Right Books
Select books that will hold your kids attention—and pick something you’d love to read. You’ll be just as anxious to get back to the story as the kids. The Code of Silence series combines adventure, mystery, suspense, and maybe a little danger, too. The series teaches great morals and shows the importance of developing good character. It may be a good place to start. Ask your librarian for more suggestions.
This holiday season, do more than just pick up exciting books for your kids to read. Read aloud to them. Take them on that adventure. Talk with them about the things they’re learning from the book. That’s what I call getting more bang from your book.
When Jesus had finished saying these things,
the crowds were amazed at his teaching …
Jesus held people’s attention when he spoke—and many times he used stories. He embedded spiritual truth deep in the hearts of listeners as he did. Don’t you think you can do the same by reading great stories to your kids?
By Tim Shoemaker
Husband to Cheryl
Dad of three sons and two daughter-in-laws
Grandfather of five grandkids
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Author and Speaker
Click HERE to read more about Tim’s series, Code of Silence.