Sure, I would love to do nothing more than take Lana to a storytime at a local library at 11AM on a weekday, but uh, I generally can’t, at least not regularly.
On any given weekday at 11AM, I am likely knee-deep in a conference room full of men ranting about why our eCommerce site isn’t faster or what new product needs to be developed. Perhaps at 11AM, I am sneaking away for a quick bite of food that doesn’t require me shoving said food down my throat, while chasing an 18 month old or dealing with an emergency at work. Hell, maybe my head is down on my desk pondering how I am going to get all of my priorities done for work, home and our side consulting business. I don’t know exactly what 11AM will bring, but it surely won’t be a lovely storytime with my daughter.
My husband and I read to Lana before bed. We both look forward to that cozy time of night, but I grew up going to a storytime at a local library. I want Lana to experience the magic of the group storytime setting!
Thankfully, many libraries are now offering weekend and evening storytime options. If a library around you doesn’t, check out the local bookstore, as many of them have children storytime offerings as well. If neither exist, request that your library and/or bookstore start one, you likely aren’t the only one around looking for storytime options. If you are feeling inspired and are deep down not only a working mom, but a pinterest-y working mom, start your own local storytime! If you live in an association, maybe start a community based storytime in the clubhouse. Many associations will donate the clubhouse rental, as long as it isn’t prime rental time, for such a community friendly activity. If you go that route, don’t be a supermom and forget to ask for help from parents who bring their little ones to the storytime. Get others in your community involved so it doesn’t all fall on your shoulders and push you to be a burned out mama!