I’m really into creating experiences.

Whether it’s setting up an at-home spa day for me and the kids – complete with a foot bath and soothing music – or designing a retreat for busy moms to pamper themselves while absorbing quality information, I’m all about the complete package.  It doesn’t matter how great the food is if the presentation sucks!

So, as I’m thinking of ways to instill an adoration of reading in my kids the way my mother did for my sister and I – because of just how much it contributes to brain development, language and vocabulary – I’m considering their entire experience.  A large part of that, it seems, is providing an awesome space for them to curl up with a book.  Something enticing, comfy and good-looking. Since I’m competing against the Wii, the Disney Channel, and the iPad, I figure if I can create an attractive reading experience that would at least draw them in, that’d be half the battle.

This is also the perfect excuse to revamp a neglected area in our house.  We have a huge finished basement that would give us a TON of additional living space if we just decorated and designed it to make it welcoming.  My plan is to create the kids’ reading nook in that basement space.  I’ve been surfing the heck out of Pinterest  for reading nook ideas and I’m pulling together various elements that I think all would enjoy.

Right now my kids see reading as “homework” or a chore.  My goal is to start off with another strategy of my mom’s: when we were young she made my sister and I eat fried liver monthly (for the iron or whatever). Of course we thought it was gross. She tried to sugarcoat the experience for us by letting us eat bacon with the liver.  My sister and I carefully choreographed our meal so that each bite of liver was accompanied by a bite of scrumptious bacon.  In the end my mom’s technique worked – her kids ate the liver and got the nutrients they needed.

Here’s hoping a fabulous reading nook will be the bacon my kids need.

How’s THAT for a creative analogy?

This post is part of a paid series in partnership with TooSmall.org .  Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.  Learn more HERE .

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