Wednesday, April 27, 2016

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much

If I ever really wanted to punish my kids, I mean really punish them, I'd ground them from visiting the library  but they've never done anything quite terrible enough to warrant that kind of emotional pain and suffering.

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?

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much -- Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real! Can you relate?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

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:

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much -- Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real! Can you relate?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
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.

5. Your children own several book-themed items of clothing and merchandise. 

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much -- Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real! Can you relate?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
From the Percy Jackson series, for the uninitiated.

Okay, a LOT of book-themed merchandise.

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much -- Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real! Can you relate?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
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:

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much -- Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real! Can you relate?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
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:

9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much -- Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real! Can you relate?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
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!"

True story.

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.

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Michelle said...

Too funny. You're raising them right! My daughter is too young to read, but this was my childhood exactly. I would've fit in perfectly with your family.

AnneMarie said...

Oh goodness, Jenny, you described my childhood to a T! (and on the previous post, about mispronouncing words...yeah, that was me, too) Funny thing about #1 on this list: So when I was, I don't know, 4th or 5th grade, my mom sat me down for "the talk" about female puberty and fertility cycles, because you noticed that I had been really, really tired, and figured that I was going through a growth spurt and certain female development. Nope, I was just staying up to all hours of the morning, reading books by a small nightlight in my room-which, naturally, I continued doing because I didn't tell her about it :P

Also, I would add another to the list: bringing a book with you to "family movie night," so that you can sneak in several pages during the commercial breaks or while the rest of the family is going through the pre-movie bathroom and popcorn rituals.

Anna said...

This is hilarious and totally brought me back to my childhood. I hope my son grows up to be a book worm, too. Right now when he gets alone time with them he just tries to eat them.

Chaun said...

This is hilarious! My parents did the flashlight sweeping, too. I got out of that by reading at night by moonlight. I regret it now, because my eyesight is pretty shot :(

Unknown said...

You're obviously raising them right! Love this!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Reading books is a great thing for children. :)

Sandee said...

Can kids really read too much? Okay if they don't get enough sleep, but other than that... I can get lost in a book too. You're a good mom. I can tell.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Jenny Evans said...

That's hilarious. Did you ever tell your mom as an adult, "Remember that time when...?"

We actually had that same experience last weekend. We sat down to watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and my oldest brought a book to read while it got started. Ten minutes into the movie I looked over and she was still stuck in the book! We had to remind her where we were so she could pay attention.

Jenny Evans said...

Well, that does happen first. At least you know he likes books!

Sarah said...

I'm crying from laughing... this is my family. Well... more specifically myself and my four year old. We had a librarian help us out to our car this morning because the TWO BAGS that I brought with us to the library wasn't ENOUGH! I have a library card and my four year old has his own, because apparently 50 items checked out at one time is too few.

True story (and now probably a blog post for me): we were at the library last week (because we go EVERY WEEK) and my son was reading some dinosaur hardcover graphic novels in his favorite chair. A librarian (new to the library) came over and said to us that were other, probably more age appropriate, dinosaur books over "there" (and pointed). Another librarian poked her head out from the next row and goes "he's read all those already. He's here all the time."

We should start a library addicts anonymous...

Jenny Evans said...

That's too funny. The librarians know my children very, very well too, and will often approach them with books saying, "This just came in and I thought of you right away!"

We don't have limits on our library card OR fines until it's 45 days overdue, so we get in big trouble. That's probably a future blog post for me!

Queen Mom Jen said...

Number 9 on your list for real?! My kids are terrible right now with their electronics. I am forever yelling at them to just go ahead and put it away and read. It angers me. I do believe electronics are going to be gathered up this week and returned only after multiple books are read.

Debbie said...

Hi Jenny, I have a bookworm for a daughter. When I was pregnant I was obsessed with collecting books for us to enjoy together, which may have contributed to her love of books (although I was the same with my son, who probably can't remember when he last opened a book for pleasure).

The times I've had to go in and tell her it maybe wise she gets some sleep I've lost count of, but at sixteen and being something she has always done I don't think she'll be stopping anytime soon. And as for reading in the bathroom? Her legs must have gone dead soooo many times!


Jenny Evans said...

I think I probably am fighting a losing battle at this point, but it could be worse!

Julie S said...

Love love love this. I hope my little man grows up to be a bookworm like me, because that is what my life looked like too :)

KW said...

Like so many commenters, I was a child bookworm too! My parents did ground me from reading a few times when I was in trouble! Also, my parents told me that I was not allowed to read at recess - I had to try to make some friends, instead, lol!

Jenny Evans said...

That sounds exactly like my kids! During the summers we usually limit reading time like you would limit TV time, because otherwise that's all they'd do.

Budget Splurge Beauty said...

haha that was definitely me as a kid. I wish I had more time to read like that again. I devoured books haha

Jenny Evans said...

I used to be a real bookworm (though not to the level my kids are!) when I was a kid, too. Now I read maybe 2 books a year, excluding ones with pictures or lift-the-flaps.

Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

Something to add . . . Your child sustains injuries from walking into walls or falling down the stairs because they try to walk and read at the same time.

Jenny Evans said...

I love that you said this: that's one of the signs from the FIRST article in this series because it is SO TRUE! (There's a reason behind our "no reading while walking down the stairs" rule.)

Unknown said...

As I'm reading my 6yo is reading boxcar children's book on the outside swing glider. My DH and I LOL at these points! It is great to have another mom who has this "problem"

Anonymous said...

All this sounds like me in childhood. For anyone reading this, I wish I had made the effort to learn the social skills it took to make real friends instead of taking the easy way out and just connecting with imaginary book characters. But I didn’t, and I’m 40 and still playing catchup.

People push books as the healthy alternative to television and video games, but they’re just as bad in their own way; people talked about many of the exact same problems with books in the nineteenth century when they were the popular form of entertainment (example: “On Dangerous Reading” by R. L. Dabney)—like television, they give us unrealistic expectations, focus our minds and hearts on the unreal, teach erroneous thinking by contrived example, show detailed examples of bad behavior and corrupt us like real-life bad companions, and give us little in return for all time we spend on them. This isn’t to say never read a work of fiction (though I’ve mostly switched to things that help my work, personal life, or hobbies), but reading should be a small part of what we do throughout the day. It would be better never to read than to do nothing but read.