A few weeks ago I went on a road trip and attended a wedding. When I came home I was under the weather for a few days, and so was my baby. I fell out of my reading routine. This week I’m feeling happy because I got back to reading. I know that building and maintaining healthy reading habits can be challenging. I remind myself that falling out of routine is normal.
I understand the importance of creating a reading routine for both ourselves and our children. It can be challenging to create a routine that works for everyone, but with a little patience and perseverance, it’s possible to establish habits that will last a lifetime!
In 2008 a foodie family hosted me for four months in Xi’An, China. Even though I didn’t really speak the language yet, or know much about the local food I ate whatever I was served. The flavors were incredible and the dishes were complex.
Years later, I’m starting to enjoy cooking. The cookbook I’m reading, Asian Salads, includes recipes that remind me of my foodie family in Xi’An, China. There are a couple dishes in here like cloud ear mushroom and cucumber salad that I haven’t tasted since 2008. Recreating this salad will be a fun way to recall the way it felt to be a high school exchange student in a brand new country, curious and adventurous.
The Monster in the Bathhouse by Sina Merabian
We love reading The Monster in the Bathhouse to our five-month-old before nap time. It is short, funny and the illustrations are adorable! The story about fathers and sons taking a communal bath to get ready for Nowruz reminds me of how I used to get dressed in new clothes to celebrate Diwali with my cousins. 🚿 👚 🪔
Busy Betty by Reese Witherspoon
🌈Busy Betty loves her dog and her family, she is always on the move. Betty is full of vibrant ideas! In the end, she starts her own business with her best friend. I’ve been entrepreneurial throughout my life, I love that this story encourages girls to be proud of their big ideas! 💡
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Talk to you soon!
Mohini S. Pollock