When I wrote "9 Telltale Signs Your Kids Read Too Much," I was surprised at how many of you could relate! You mean you have children just like mine? Why haven't they met before? (Dumb question, it's because they're holed up in their rooms reading, just like mine.)
So here we are again with 9 more signs your kids read way too much. Which ones sound like your kids? Or maybe you when you were younger?
1. When your daughter is tired in the morning, her sister/roommate rats on her: she was up late last night secretly reading by the glow of the tiny red light on the carbon monoxide detector by her bed.
I have to sweep my kids' bedrooms of reading material and contraband flashlights at lights-out or I know they'll be up all night reading. They've obviously developed methods to thwart me at this, but I do my best.
2. "Go outside and get some fresh air" looks like this:
|Playing outside looks different when you're a bookworm.|
3. The kids beg to go to the library like their peers ask to go to Disneyworld. Even though they say they've already read everything there — and they're probably right.
4. For a class assignment, your daughter's teacher assigns a book to the class where they can't know the ending in advance. Your daughter has already read it.
No problem, the teacher has an alternate title ready for that very circumstance. But your daughter has read that one, too.
The teacher takes two weeks to find a suitable third choice book and assigns it to her, but gives her a modified schedule for the book report since everyone else started reading 2 weeks ago.
Your daughter finishes the entire book before dinner that evening.
|From the Percy Jackson series, for the uninitiated.|
Okay, a LOT of book-themed merchandise.
|A few items from our Harry Potter department. Legos not featured.|
6. You're often summoned to evict someone from the bathroom who's been in there reading too long when others are waiting to use the toilet.
7. Gathering books to bring back to the library is an event and it looks something like this:
|This is only the stack of returns of ONE child, mind you...|
And hauling books home from the library necessitates the use of a dolly and/or a dump truck and looks like this:
|Not sure where the rest are. Each kid is probably reading 5 of them simultaneously.|
8. You have multiple copies of the same book in the house. I used to be so confused when I was picking up two or three copies of the same title around the house all day long. "Why do you guys do this?" I asked. Silly me, there was a perfectly logical explanation.
Your kids bring home library copies of books you already own because "Somebody else is always reading them when I want to read them!"
9. If you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and see the bathroom light on under the door, you know you need to go bang on it and yell, "No reading in there! Go back to bed!"
If this sounds like your house, you definitely need to go check out the original 9 Telltale Signs Your Kids Read Too Much. And then probably go knock on the bathroom door and tell whoever's in there to wrap up their book.