How I Got Here

My parents have always been extremely big on reading. I remember as a child, getting read to every single night. My bedtime story was the most important part of the day to me. I also remember the first time I read an entire book to my dad. Just all the proudness radiating off of him.

We were also big on singing every single time we were in the car, whenever we did anything in the home, just all the time. We listened to Motown everything. My parents were really big on the oldies — so that’s all I knew. They were very interactive/hands on with me. My mom was amazing, she stayed at home and helped me with everything. My dad would show up at my school and do all field trips and projects with me.

I previously wrote about First 5 California and how I was using their tools to help with the growth of my little ones. They know how important reading is to me and it’s showing in them. They are reading constantly or want to be read to. They love books! We take trips to the book store and the library constantly. It is so important for their growth to be read, sung and spoken to in their infancy and toddlerhood. I’m sure you’ve seen the statistics. The majority of their brain is developed in their first 3 years of life!


Make sure you check out the First 5 California activity page! There are so many fun things to do with your little one. There are tons of activities for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. There are book downloads, coloring pages, recipes – they have so much to offer! Check it out when you get a chance. Make sure you talk, sing, read with your little one!

What are some activities that your parents did with you to get you where you are today?

  • linda spiker

    I love to see kids reading books! Even if they are too young to actually be reading 🙂

  • Reading a book before bed is one of my favorite parts of the day with my Littleman. I love to see him excited about reading and picking out a book (I also love to catch him trying to read them himself when he doesn’t think anyone is watching). 🙂

  • Reading was big for me growing up. My dad would always read to me, and challenge me to recite lines from the book or act particular scenes. It definitely help me get to where I am today.

  • I love reading to my little ones, it’s such a lovely bonding experience. And my eldest never stops singing and I think that’s my fault!

  • Latisha Strickland

    I did a lot of reading growing up. I really need to get back to it. Being an avid reading helps you in so many ways.