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How do you read your child's bedtime stories?

Do you give the characters their own little voices? Do you act out the scenes with the book? Or do you just read very plainly?

I try to give them their own voice and act out their emotion. Sometimes I'm just too tired though and give a simple reading.


Asked by thatgirl70 at 11:27 PM on Aug. 11, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Oh yes, I read with feeling LOL. My dd4 will sometimes look at me in astonishment. She loves the voices. My ds6 will usually not mind but sometimes wants me to tone it down a bit LOL!

    Answer by txdaniella at 11:31 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • I do the same as you...I have a blast with books!

    Answer by lizard111 at 11:29 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • when i was reading a bed time story to my niece i would lay down with her and read nice and slow til she feel asleep. she loved it when i read to her. i dont read to her anymore since i moved out of my dads house where she lived with her mother. it tore me apart knowing that she enjoyed it as much as i did. one day i will be reading with my child or children

    Answer by heavenlove83 at 11:31 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • I try to get into each character, but im not always great with different voices but she (3.5) doesnt seem to mind all that much...

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 11:54 PM on Aug. 11, 2010

  • Most of what I read doesn't have voices to do, I try to stick to Myth books and Fairy Tails. So the majority if "narrator" stuff. But when there is a character speaking I do a voice (or I do my best to do a voice). But seeing as how bed time story time is "calm down time" we don't act things out, we just cuddle and read...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:32 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • I read it with expression but I don't change voices. Depending on the story he insists on acting out all the speaking parts - I read them and he pantomimes what they're doing.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:26 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • I read with expression and I change the voices. Sometimes I will act out little things like a wave or a shrug, but I dont get up. Usually dd is sitting on my lap.

    Answer by MooNFaeRie30 at 5:27 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Let me add, my DH is great at doing impressions and stuff, but when he reads to our son, it's very bland and monotone. I have to laugh, because here's a guy with voice talent and he's so mundane at reading, LOL.

    Comment by thatgirl70 (original poster) at 12:08 PM on Aug. 13, 2010