At the end of the day, it is us as parents that decide what we will do and won't do with our children. We don't always know what we should and shouldn't do, but we do what we think is right at the time.
Many people say to read to children from when they are born. I must admit, we did try doing that, but we weren't in a regular routine for a while. We had to get into a new routine with having a new baby in the house, just like everyone else. When we decided we wanted to have a regular bedtime routine, then bedtime storytime began. That was when our eldest was a young toddler.
He has loved bedtime storytime since! So our routine would be bathtime, dinnertime, clean teeth, then storytime. It doesn't matter what order you do things in your house, but that is what has worked for us. I know some people like to do bathtime straight before bed. So do what works for you.
Now, what parent hasn't skipped over a page, or a paragraph or a few words! Hands up if you have! I've been a bit guilty of that myself in the past. Usually I have just felt very tired and the story seemed to be so long! I don't do it anymore, and I really enjoy the time together knowing my son is so happy having a story read to him.
He listens to how I change my voice when I read the words from different characters. He likes to look at the pictures, even when there aren't so many now that he is getting a lot older. I think this time together where he looks forward to the story, encourages a love of books and of reading. So we will be keeping this routine going for a while longer!
If you are a parent of a young child, I encourage you to start a regular routine each night, reading at least one picture book. If you plan for this every night, you and your child know that time is coming and will expect it. If you have enough time, fit in two books. Let them choose the book. Spend some time talking about the pictures and ask questions about the characters on the page. It helps develop their imagination and language skills.
What books do your children like having read to them?