10 Situations to remember to bring books for the children

Posted by Julian Warrender January 27th, 2015

1) Always have a stash of books by the loo; then you can lock the door, with the children on the other side and read to them whilst maintaining your privacy and dignity.

2) Make sure that whenever you travel with children that you have a passenger who is not car-sick when reading to the child. A scary book works wonders, and keeps them rigid with fear, avoiding endless “Are we there yets?”

3) Restaurants are a potential disaster zone. You run the risk of a row with the next door table, or been thrown out unless well equipped with diversions. Story books with colouring options work well, if you can put up with endlessly picking up felt tips off the floor. Do not bring books with noise effects.

4) Doctors appointments for adults are a dangerous area – many a parent has rued the day when their child’s attention has been caught by an interesting word – the mere mention of “bottom” by the doctor can result in a stream of innocent enquiries. Always bring a book that is known to absorb your child and spare your blushes.

5) To keep spending at the supermarket in check – bring a book for the nippers. Nothing too big, as it has to be balanced by your child who will be in the trolley seat. The danger area is the checkout, where the wretched stores still get away with placing tempting goodies near the checkout queues.

6) Train and airplane journeys are for book reading, as the food is inedible and you will have sat on the sandwiches. Bribery is often needed on long trips so remember to bring something that can be used as a reward for the child who can remain absorbed for the longest. This will also help to avoid a row with the people in front when, for the umpteenth time, your child slams the flap up table shut.

7) If you want to impress a school, bring books when attending older sibling’s parents’ evenings. It will send the message that you are firm over computer games or those depressingly addictive hands held game boy thingy’s and such like that politicians have a penchant for.

8) A Sunday morning lie-in can prove virtually impossible unless forward planning comes into play. Don’t just leave books around, set up a competition that will take the children at least an hour to complete – you will have to accept that a worthwhile prize will be expected; it is also useful to inveigle older siblings.

9) Keeping a grubby child in a bath long enough for grime to soak off and hair sticky with yogurt to be washed is almost impossible. While dirt dissolves, read a happy book; poetry and rhymes can be fun. When it comes to hair washing, choose a funny book that someone else can read to them; with any luck the laughter will dim the screams when shampooing.

10) For any church goers, it is strongly advisable to bring a stash of favourite books. Despite the sermon often being yawningly dull, it is best if children do not emphasise this with their fidgeting. Weddings can also prove testing on a child’s patience. Particularly tough going if a sibling has been given the honour of being a page or a bridesmaid and has decided to abandon the ceremony in order to remove the itchy wedding outfit.