Mother Courage: Brought to book over reading

In which there is a scare at bedtime.

24th February, 2013
'According to US researchers, middle class parents are also more likely to read interactively, relate the story to the child, explain what it means and encourage a dialogue around the events. This, in turn, improves their social skills and understanding of the world'.

We are coming down with books - books behind books on the bookcase shelves, in dookits, above doorframes, under beds.

Baskets of children's books spill out in every room. And ever since they were able to bum-shuffle, One and Two could be found "reading" them to themselves.

So I am dismayed when One gives up on the bedtime story. She's just too tired, or too something, to sit and listen while her sister requests another,...

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