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reading to kids

For as long as I can remember I have been reading to my kids as they go to bed. But what amazed some is I went out of town for the first time in their life a couple years ago so I could get my GRI. I left all the parties to go read to my kids over the phone. (This amazed some of the other agents I was staying with.)

Now, my kids are already planning to read to their kids as they get older and they all enjoy reading. I’ve basically given them the gift of fantasy by making them enjoy reading. (Sometimes I even add my own story to their story if they know the book, to make it funnier.)

I think reading is very important, it was something that I hated doing as akid, but I don’t let my kids know that. I now make my kids read a book, if there is one, before they see the movie. My daughter really wanted tosee “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Harry Potter” so we told her, when she finishes the book, she could see the movie. She has gotten so good at reading that she will easily finish these books in couple weeks. She has finished the entire Harry Potter series and can’t wait until the next movie comes out.

My son loves baseball and wants to see movies on Joe DiMaggio and BabeRuth. We told him he had to at least read a book on them first and he couldn’t wait to get to the library. He read those books in less than a week and then we got the movies and he is in heaven!

So, give the gift of reading to your children and read to them. If you don’t have kids,or even want to do more, you can do something that I also do and join S.M.A.R.T. (Start Making A Reader Today) at your local school and help kids that are needing some support with reading and make them great readers also.

reading kids

I’ve begun to enjoy reading and writing thanks to Activerain and other blogging sites, something that 20 years ago I never thought I would say. If someone told me that I would become a writer, I would have told them they were crazy, but now I’m published in news papers, magazines and even been interviewed on the radio because of my writing. I can thank all of you for your support over the past two and a half years for making it fun for me as well.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRespect Realty LLC • June 22 2009 01:05PM


Hi Todd, I always read to my kids when they were little.  I love reading but I can't put a book down once I start on it! 

It's important to keep an eye on what your kids are reading.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 10 years ago

Todd, I am still an avid reader and have encouraged my children to read as well. They are teens now and are off doing things with their friends. I hope they come back to reading when they get older...Great post! 

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 10 years ago

My mother used to read a bedtime story to my brother and I and now we are both readers. The nightly ritual at my house was to read to my 3 sons-almost from birth.   They have all become avid readers. 2 of them have little children of their own who expect a bedtime story.  Spending time with your children cuddled up with a book brings you closer together and also gives you insight into their little personalities.  

Posted by Dotti Driver, GRI, E-Pro Realtor (Sky Realty) almost 10 years ago

My kids enjoying reading as well. I am a advid reader. I got them in a summer reading program which they LOVE!! Can't ask for anything better than that!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate ( almost 10 years ago


We started reading to Eric shortly after he was born. When Amy was two some one gave her a set of Golden Books. No matter what else we read every nigh included "Saggy Baggy Elephant" the words were redundant between books, by three she could read all of them! At four we got her a dictionary.

When she started school she could read anything. Her kindergarden teacher had fits Amy would correct her mistakes, at a parent teacher confrence we explained it's not polite to interup. Two days later we were back Amy passed the teacher notes correcting hen mistakes. We convinced the teacter that what she posted had best be what she said.

When Amy started law school we sent her a new set of Golden Books, they are now well read.

I don't know what's more important the time or the reading with the kids? I wouldn't have missed ether!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 10 years ago

Todd...I too read to my son every night, we had that connection at the end of the day everyday, and as he got older he began to read philosophy , and calculus for fun. My 16 year old wants to be a nuclear physicist when he grows up, I can't take all the credit but I'll take some.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 10 years ago

Todd --- this is so important --- I read to my children when they were young and now read to my grandchildren.  Eliza loves it when I add my own 2 cents worth to the story.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 10 years ago

Todd - I have been meaning to ask you --- how do you make your comments on other's blogs in the blue ink script? Thanks.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 10 years ago

Todd,Reading is fundamental for both you and I and our kids. Studies show the earlier we start reading to our children the more they are likely to do better in school... I don't know how much reading ActiveRain posts to our children would help except at bedtime :) 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 10 years ago


I always looked forward to this with my son; now he gets a little testing when I have him give me a book report.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

Reading is has been a large part of our family also. The best is reading to my grandsons just before bed.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 10 years ago

I do think reading is very important and I'm glad so many of you did this with your families. Liz, I'll e-mail you tomorrow about the blue print or is red.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Todd, you are an inspiration to us all my friend! Thanks, deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago dear daughter was reading the Sunday newspaper by the time she was three...she giggles about that now as she watches her children going through so many books! Remember the Twilight Zone show with Meridith...uh, someone, that lived to read? The world blew up, he found the remains of a huge library and then broke his glasses! Reading and appreciating good literature is classic. Good man,


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Hi Todd ~ I think instilling a love of reading is one of the most important things a parent can do for a child.  Bravo to you!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 10 years ago

I'm a dictator when it comes to reading.  Want great things for your kids????  Have em read.  Great words....

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 10 years ago

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