E-Readers and the Example They Set for My Children

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - EReaders and the Example They Set for My KidsLast month I wrote about reading after having children, and one of the points I mentioned is that I think it’s important for me to set an example of reading. I want my children to see me read, so I don’t want my only reading time to be while they are napping or in bed for the evening.

But, e-readers add an extra twist to it. If I do all my reading on my phone or Kindle, it doesn’t look that different to my children than if I was just playing games or surfing the web. I want them to see me with physical books as well, so it’s clear what I’m doing.

Or am I overthinking it? They invariably ask what I’m doing, or they want to see, and it’s easy enough to tell them I’m reading a book. They know that my Kindle is only for reading books – no games on it at all (it’s a PaperwhiteAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, not the FireKindle Fire).

I still want to make sure they see me with physical books, and they definitely see me carrying home stacks of books from the library, so that counts for something, right?

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  1. Heather in VA says:

    No, I don’t think you are over thinking it. I do think our children should see us with books. I never really loved my Nook except for vacations though so maybe I’m biased.

  2. i worried that my kids would actually hate reading because I read all the time–not that I neglected them, of course, but I read while I made dinner, at the park, while nursing. But they all turned out to be great readers themselves 🙂
    And I never had to worry about e readers back in the 80s! I’m a high school teacher and I usually read a print book when my kids have reading for enjoyment just for the reasons you state–I want them to see me turn the pages. Even I have a love-hate relationship with e readers. I ended up purchasing a plain old basic Kindle because using the Kindle app on my iPad made it too easy to become distracted.
    First world problems!

  3. I have had these same thoughts!!

  4. I have to tell you, I just read a study showing that trying to use the screen readers – computer and kindle like devices has been counter productive for college students. There is some evidence that you don’t retain or understand material as well when it is read on a screen as opposed to a traditional text. I’m reading a book right now that skips around to different periods of a woman’s life and I’m having such a hard time not being able to just flip back to compare the last entries…lol driving me crazy! It’s too bad, because it would be awesome to purchase or borrow a book I want the kids to read once and then just download it to all the kindles……(fyi – the kids are so little, only my husband and I have e-readers right now, these are just pipe dreams ;))

  5. I think that you are definetely right.
    My son who is a bit older than your children, often complain that I am playing with my tablet … though I am actually reading a book. So I keep showing him, that no, I am not playing…
    But maybe I should read real books when he is playing around (actually real books are for serious matters that need my whole brain, though tablet readings are mostly for light things as he keep interrupting). Do not know how to solve this.

  6. I’ll read on my Kindle (it’s just one of the original basic, cheap, ink-kind – not a tablet) and I’ve called it my “book” as well as a Kindle, and showed them the words on the page, so I think they understand. But I do try to avoid reading on my phone while the kids are awake.

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