As a bookworm, I have loved watching my boys grow in their reading ability. From my oldest tearing through the Harry Potter series to my middle reading any paper he gets his hands on, to my youngest amazing us with all the words he can read. Every other subject in school gets easier once you can read, so it’s a proud mama thing to watch my boys become better readers.
But once kids start to read, there are certain things you can’t do.
You can’t pretend their favorite show isn’t on. You know, the one that irritates you and makes your ears start to bleed because you can’t take listening to one of the main characters(like on Sam and Cat- WHY do they have that girl talk like that? It’s not her real voice!). But once they can read, the kids can see the show titles on the guide and will call you out on it.
You can’t pretend to be busy with your phone while they hover over you waiting for it. They now see that you are just on twitter, reading other people’s tweets, not actually doing any work.
You can’t stop and read those hilarious but totally inappropriate lists that you get sucked into on facebook. Even if they might not know all the words, those are not where you want them to practice their “sounding it out” skills.
You can’t say that Chuck E. Cheese(or whatever place you really don’t want to go to) is closed. They can read the sign. They can probably even google the hours.
You can’t email a complaint to their teacher. They’ll read it over your shoulder and start asking questions.
You can’t just leave your computer up on whatever it is you were last working on. Not unless you are 100% okay with them reading what’s on the screen.
You can’t say “oh just read it to me” when they tell you you have a new text. They’re able to and you’d think that this would be a bonus, especially if you are driving. But unless no one ever sends you inappropriate texts(thanks, Hubs), this isn’t a good idea.