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how do you get time to read with small children?

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jo

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I love reading but i find it a real effort sometimes to find the time to sit and read with 2 little ones, 18 months and 11 weeks old, luckily i am breastfeeding so that is a good excuse to sit and read. How do you other ladies make time to sit and enjoy having a read?

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i cant help myself a lot of the time jo, if i really like a book, i will take myself and it off to bed as soon as the girls go to bed, and read it until its finished!

Other times i just read it as and when...i have been known to read a few pages whilst using the bathroom... Embarassed Laughing

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I daren't read a book downstairs when I'm looking after them - it sounds like a cliche, but I really do lose myself in a book and the kids could be setting the house on fire and I wouldn't necessarily notice.

I go to bed as soon as poss and read there for a while though, and if I'm up early, I often manage half an hour or so before they wake up.

Before I had kids I would often go through a book in a day, nowadays sometimes it can take me a week!

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jo

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it takes me a month to finish a book now, it used to take me a couple of days but at least i am still reading, after i had Stephen i did not pick a book up for 6 months, terrible, maybe i will have to start going to bed a bit earlier once Tom is a bit more settled and do some reading then

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squonk

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It is tough, but I suppose like anything else, you work around the problem.... I mean children! Embarassed

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I only really get the chance to read in bed these days. If I get towards the end of a book and I can't bear to put it down it will go everywhere with me for a while and I'll read a bit more whenever I get the opportunity.

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I mainly read whilst feeding littlest one to sleep in the evening, although now she is at an age where she wants the book herself! I don't find any time to write really, which is a shame. I am too tired in the evening, and all my creative energy has gone.

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I am lucky now mine are all older i do get quite a bit of time to read when they are at school and nursery. The main time I read though is at bedtime although this isnt something I wver did when I had babies to get up to in the night!

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