My Daughter-Who-Doesn’t-Like-To-Read

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It’s #ReadAcrossAmericaDay and appropriately, my essay “My Daughter-Who-Doesn’t-LIke-To-Read” is up on Red Tricycle today. #books #reading #relationships #writing #motherhood #daughter 

“Thumbing through an old journal, my eyes landed on a paragraph written after my daughter, then 13, emphatically announced that she did not like to read.

I felt the same raw emotion as when I first wrote the entry, though years had passed. From my earliest moments as a new mother, I’d longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I’d felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation. Like opening up a secret tunnel, reading would be my path into her life just as it would be her path to healthy adulthood.

But somehow, for all my best efforts, I apparently wasn’t raising a daughter who loved to read. Yet what she had said on that day long ago in fact didn’t match her actions. Perhaps, in her floundering place somewhere between child and young adult, she had issued that statement as a challenge.

Wanna fight, mom? 

Whatever the case, I was deeply grateful she felt safe enough to speak her mind.”

Read in full herehttp://redtri.com/my-daughter-who-doesn-t-like-to-read/

My Daughter-Who-Doesn’t-Like-To-Read

Want Attention In 2016? Read Shakespeare–In Public.

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What are your aspirations for 2016? Since this year marks the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death I felt prompted to update this piece for today’s readers (originally published on CSMonitor).

Want Attention In 2016? Read Shakespeare–In Public.

‘One New Year’s long ago awoke in me a desire to read one Shakespeare drama per month – a resolution that I renewed. With the exception of a few bumps, I’ve honored the promise, and today that resolution has turned into normal reading and won’t find its place on this year’s resolution list.

Shouldn’t this be the goal for resolutions – that they earn permanent places in our habits and outgrow the label of “resolution?”‘

Read in full on Mamalode.

 

Want Attention In 2016? Read Shakespeare–In Public.