Dads and Reading and Children: Father’s Story Week

There is something genuinely intimate and precious about reading with your children. In this house, Babette Cole’s Doctor Dog was read and read, and then read some more…!

Both girls loved it – and like all children – they continued to laugh at the same bits on the same pages time after time. It’s one of those books that I now know backwards!

I know how lucky I have been – and OnlyDads brings me into daily contact with Dads who do not enjoy the luxury of being able to read to their children night after night. My heart goes out to these men. And I’m going to make a request:

Together with OnlyMums we know that relationships between separated couples can go beyond breaking-point. We really do know that! But no matter how difficult things are – Father’s Story Week offers an opportunity for some bridge-building. There is not a child alive you would not benefit from Dad reading them a story. Children (all children) love it. We feel honoured to be able to help our friends at the Fatherhood Institute, give this fabulous initiative a push in the right direction. I will pass over to them…

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…Children’s author Julia Donaldson’s was the 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman’s was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What’s YOUR favourite story to read to your children?

The organisers of Fathers’ Story Week want to know! Tell us what your favourite stories are, what your children’s favourite books are – tell us about your bedtime story habits. How do you manage reading to more than one child? Which character are you best at acting out?

Post your thoughts on the Fatherhood Institute Facebook page, to help us promote Fathers’ Story Week, which will take place in schools, nurseries and other family learning settings in June. Share your stories on our Facebook page or Tweet them to @fathersstorywk or use #fathersstoryweek.

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About onlydads

Single Dad living near Totnes in Devon. I founded www.onlydads.org in 2007 and live with my daughters Priya, 14 and Anya 11. I write about single parenting, work, overcoming trials and tribulations and sometimes not overcoming trials and tribulations.
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