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Soporific effect of children’s books

18th February 2007

Soporific effect of children’s books

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Before I begin, I first learned the meaning of soporific while reading a Beatrix Potter book. Go look it up. I did.

Getting on with the subject… we read aloud a lot around here. Probably close to an hour a day in total. We have certain rituals surrounding naptime and bedtime, which includes reading two books. My oldest daughter has been known to tell me that she’s ready for a nap at 11 am just so she can get some books read to her.

Just a few minutes ago, after we finished an early lunch after church, my oldest daughter announced that she was ready for her two books because she was tired. Considering that her dad and I were quite keen for a bit of quiet time, we were happy to oblige. It was my husband’s turn to do the reading.

I was sitting at my computer, listening with one ear as he read her two chosen books - one on Marie Curie and another called Corduroy. While he read about Marie Curie, I heard the volume getting softer and softer and some of the words were getting a bit slurred. I turned to look at him and sure enough, he was falling asleep while reading! This is not the first time this has happened. one time he actually started snoring!

He blames it entirely on the books. After all, they are bedtime stories. I just didn’t think they worked on the 30+ age bracket!

There are currently 8 responses to “Soporific effect of children’s books”

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  1. 1 On February 19th, 2007, Shannon said:

    Very funny. I’m always amazed that my kids can stay so interested in the story even when hubby is droning on and on without any voice variation. So glad that our husbands are interested in reading to the kids .

  2. 2 On February 20th, 2007, Sarah's in the midst of it said:

    Michelle, we are the same person, separated by a year! Last year I was turning 30 and pregnant with our third! I hope you had a happy, happy birthday this year–30 wasn’t nearly as bad as I was worried it would be :)

  3. 3 On February 20th, 2007, Charmin said:

    Hello, I’m Shannon’s sister and I followed the link from the comment you left on her blog. I’ll be back later (when the kids are in bed) to have a look around.

    I can confirm that the bedtime stories also work in the 40+ age bracket. My husband reads to our kids every night for as long as he can stay awake. Sometimes he reads longer than that. : )

  4. 4 On February 20th, 2007, Charmin said:

    My daughter and I are noticing the time difference. It’s February 19, 5:55 p.m. here, but apparently my first comment was left on February 20, 10:55 a.m. Very cool.

  5. 5 On February 20th, 2007, MicheleinNZ said:

    Let’s see, you must be in the Central Time Zone? Sometimes the time difference can be a real challenge, particularly when we all do daylight savings (or not). But yes, I can tell you what the future will be like :)

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