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Aug 02

Griffin reads

Being new to parenting I had no idea how much impact watching a little human pick up a book and read would impact on me.

Griffin has been bringing reading books home from school every day in his suitcase for a few months now, but not had “homework” so we never pushed for him to read with us and kept up the bedtime stories every night with us reading to him. When Emma had a chat with the school teachers and they told her that his reading was not up to par, we began getting him to read his school books to us at night instead of just us reading him a story.

In the past few weeks his behaviour has been that of a typical five year old, atrocious, with enough cute thrown in to make me wonder if it is just me or if he really is the devil incarnate.

Yesterday Emma and I had a serious bollocking session with him and Emma tried a new one… “why don’t you just TRY saying ‘Ok Mum, ok Dad, I will do what you asked’ for a single day and see how much fun you have?”

Well, today was that day.

Holy cow what an awesome day!

All day he has been polite and kept the screaming and shouting to outdoor activities (and being tickled obviously) but for me the cherry that truly topped off a wonderful day was his reading to us before bedtime.

Usually when he reads to us, he fidgets and he looks around and he strokes Pashkadia (a cat for those who don’t know), but he rarely actually looks at the words and I rarely remain calm for the duration…

Tonight he read us two books…

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So tonight we were treated to a child that not only was able to read just about every word, but one who was able to follow the story, complete sentences and work out new words AND recognise them later in the story!

That may not sound much to someone who has not lived through this, but man o man was I a mess. I am so proud right now of this little man’s ability that I have even forgotten how much he has ignored this in the past!

Truly an amazing experience helping a little one grow, truly a life changing event (or series of…)

Well, lets hope we can keep it up, he is a great kid most of the time, hopefully I can help find the buttons that get him to be a great kid and not let him find the buttons that make me a cranky dad 🙂