I admit that I don’t read to C as often as I would like to. It’s difficult to find value in reading to a toddler who just wants to turn the pages or loses interest in sitting still after 30 seconds.
The other day I decided to just start reading to him as I was sitting on the floor with him. I let him go off and play next to me, but I kept on reading. I watched him and noticed that every 15-30 seconds, he’d look over at me and examine the page of the book. That’s the sign I needed – now I know that he’s listening even if he’s not sitting in my lap fully engaged in the story. I guess there is merit in reading to an adventurous toddler, even when you don’t think he’s paying attention.