Read to Your Children

Frugal Babe had a baby a couple of months ago, and it is really awesome to read about a family with a new baby that are living so simply. Babies really don’t need much and they don’t cost that much either. Seriously. Babies don’t care about a fancy nursery or changing table, or expensive toys. Especially when they are newborns. All they really want is mother’s milk, a dry bottom, and to be held close and snuggled.

I’ve mentioned my mom a couple times on this blog, and while she’s no financial genius, she did do one thing right by her children. She read books to us from the time we were infants. I am certain it fostered a love of books into our very being.

My sister and I followed her example and read our babies to sleep every night.

After a lifetime of hating to go to sleep, even I learned to love bedtime along with my babies, who looked forward to hearing me read from the stack of books beside the bed. Some favorite authors…

Bill Peet: The Wump World, Buford the Little Bighorn, The Whingdingdilly, Zella, Zack and Zodiac, How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head, and Hubert’s Hair Raising Adventures, just to name a few!

We loved Bill Peet.

Then there was the Richard Scarry series, especially popular with toddlers! What Do People Do All Day was one of the favorites.

And we spent many hours in our chiropractor’s office looking for Wally in the Where’s Wally series books. My sister covered the pages in contact paper so the books could withstand all the children looking at the book throughout the day.

And of course, Dr. Suess, and Curious George! Oh, there are too many to name. I’m sure Frugal Babe can name many more wonderful children’s books since she is a librarian!

I once met a family who didn’t read to their young children – we had some books that we were giving away, and the father said they didn’t need books because they were going to wait and let the school teach their children how to read! I was astonished and felt sorry for the children in that family. I felt sure they were missing out. I’ll never forget hearing that man say that. It is such a wonderful experience to read to one’s children. I would not have missed it for the world. We spent so many hours with books, and it was all free since we used the library!

Day 12 – 30 Day Abundance Exercise $204,800

I’ve got to start thinking bigger. Look at what Millionaire Mommy’s up to for Day 12… she’s sold a bunch of stuff and made $9000. Wow. She’s also moving into a resort home, and paying $1150 a month. You’ve got to read it to believe it.

Well, let’s see. Okay, I’ve got it. I’m going to donate half the money, $102,400 to our local library. It currently resides in a manufactured home. I’m sure they can put the money to good use buying books.

And with the other $102,400 I’m putting a swimming pool in, hiring a personal trainer and hiring a swimming pool maintenance man.

Gratitude: Today has been rough. I’m grateful that I have a good paying steady job that allows me to have some autonomy, and I’m grateful that I sleep well and can get a good night’s sleep.

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