Mom and Boys

Figuring it out one day at a time.

Letting him pick.


Every night we do the same thing.

We have a routine.

Bath, brush, book, and bed.

And although every once in a while I think it is okay to skip the bath, book and bed will never be altered.

No matter how late it is.

{Truth be told, I am really pretty strict about bed time. There may be one night a week were Linc is up later because we are at an event or something, but those really don’t happen often}

There is a small bookshelf in Linc’s room that holds all of his board books.


His shelf.

And he gets to choose his book.

I have noticed that this process has become more intense as he has grown older.

I truly believe that one of Lincoln’s favorite parts of the day is choosing his own book.

He feels empowered.

He will stand at that book shelf and move books around, look at some pictures, ponder, then put one back, until…

He has the perfect book.

If I ever try to help even move books around so he can see them all I get an instant whine of disapproval.

This is his thing.

Just recently I have started to bring in longer books for us to read but he still gets to pick from his shelf.

Long book…then Lincoln’s book.


His bedtime.

His book.


6 thoughts on “Letting him pick.

  1. Love this. As a former bookworm, I am raising two of them also. And it all started the way you describe. They’re now 9 and 13–and still love to read. Not an easy feat with boys–so keep on keeping on!

  2. My children love to read. Especially my 6 year old. I think what you are doing is great!

  3. Yes – nicely put. My daughter is exactly the same and if that book is in any way threatened by late night visitors or whatever, oh boy, there are howls. So on those occasions I say, ‘Pick a nice short one tonight because it’s very late.” She gladly complies because the alternative is simply unthinkable.

    • Yes! If I would even dare to skip our book he would not be able to handle it. My little guys is still young enough that if I really need to I can skip a few pages and he won’t even notice, but I only do that if it is late night.

      • LOL – I bet soon he’ll notice when you skip a bit – they start to know the story by heart after a while – so sweet.

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