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Fatherhood Notes [Jun. 29th, 2008|09:28 pm]
We've got a new bedtime routine that seems to be working out pretty well. It's part of an attempt to get Timothy to stop nursing when he's going to sleep, one of the common sticking points on weaning.

Now we start with a bath. This is mom's province. We've already acquired a variety of little cups, sponges, and animal toys, to the point where Timothy appears to be bathing in toy industry flotsam.

I swoop in with the towel at the end of bath time and whisk him off to get his pajamas. I then attempt to brush his teeth while he attempts to let me brush the first tooth only. I didn't expect competitive speed brushing to be part of the routine but that's our current detente. We then have the ritual fiddling with the lightswitches, Timothy's latest gadgetary obsession, as we turn off (and on, and off) all the lights on the walk back to the bedroom.

Finally, it's into bed. There's usually still a short burst of crying, especially if he feels that he wasn't really tired enough. While he's in his crib, I read stories to him.

This is the latest part of the routine and it's something that I enjoy. He's too young to really follow the stories but I think he enjoys hearing my voice and it helps him drift off to sleep. Sometimes it takes a while... an hour or so. On the good nights, though, it's only ten minutes.

Last night, we just finished The Wind in the Willows. Tonight, we got through the opening chapters of Watership Down.

Hey, he doesn't mind too much what the stories are, so I'm going to pick some fun furry novels that I know I'll enjoy. :) I need more practice at doing all the different voices, though.

[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2008-06-30 04:58 am (UTC)
I don't know about him not understanding the stories. I have nearly complete recall of this age and I totally remember being read to. I also remember that people always underestimated my ability to actually know what was going on.
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[User Picture]From: minnieme4rl
2008-06-30 08:00 am (UTC)
He is learning a lot of language from being read to, so keep up the good work, Dad! By the time Timothy goes to kindergarten, he will have had 20,000 hours of his first language. Too bad kids don't have that much time to learn a second language!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-30 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm thinking. Even if he doesn't understand the story, or even the words, just hearing language and the flow of speech will help in language assimilation.
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[User Picture]From: minnieme4rl
2008-06-30 05:29 pm (UTC)
Parents need to talk and read to their children. I have a friend whose sister didn't talk or read much to her daughter. She didn't START talking until she was 3! I don't remember how old I was when I started talking, but I know my youngest half sister was speaking fluently at 18 months.
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[User Picture]From: timberwoof
2008-06-30 05:46 am (UTC)
That's so sweet.

I don't have any kids of my own, and it's not likely I will. I enjoyed visiting my nephews when they were young, but I lived too far away to maintain any kind of close relationship with them. I regret that.
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2008-06-30 09:13 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, start them young, I always say. :) I'm glad to hear you're getting into a routine with Timothy. You make it sound very rewarding ("enjoys hearing my voice") but I'm sorry to say I could never have children: I'm too selfish.
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[User Picture]From: taffypinkdino
2008-06-30 01:50 pm (UTC)
Watership Down is one of my favorite novels! :) Good choice!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-06-30 05:06 pm (UTC)
One of mine, too. I don't know that I could pick "a favorite novel", but Watership Down would be in contention.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2008-07-01 01:18 am (UTC)
You get major Fatherhood points for reading to your son at a young age. As Minnie said he will have a lot of experience with words and that will lead to easier understanding later on.

Like to see your "young furry" reading list.
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[User Picture]From: whobunkyboo
2008-07-01 04:49 am (UTC)
As I'm sure you and Kit both know, it's also important as he gets older to read to him in a position where he can see the text as you read it, to help make the connection between words on the page and words you speak.

Love Watership Down. How about Redwall? I would love to hear the molespeak: hurr hurr hurr!
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