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5 Tips to help you read more as a busy parent.

I love to get lost in a good book but being a mother to a toddler means that the time I get to do this is very limited. Add blogging on top and I sometimes felt like it was an impossible task to even get through just one book.

At one point I hadn’t picked a book up in a good few weeks and I hated it! That’s when I knew I needed to do something about it but without adding it to my ‘to-do’ list and making it feel like a chore. So if you too are struggling to read more or even read at all, then here are the 5 things that have helped me to get my reading back on track and read on average 2 books a week.

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1. Listen to audio books.

Listening to audio books is definitely my top tip for reading more when you have children. I listen to audio books a lot now especially while I’m doing general household tasks such as, washing up, sorting washing, cleaning the kitchen or bathroom, cooking dinner etc. I also listen to audio books whilst driving and when I’m editing pictures for blog posts, as this is one of my tasks that doesn’t really require me to think much. I have got through so many more books this way plus it also adds a bit of enjoyment to those boring tasks you have to do. I’ve only recently discovered audio books and I really wish I had tried them sooner, they are AMAZING! 

2.Read before bed.

I’m guessing a lot of people already do this but whether it be 10 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour I try to read every night when I get into bed before I go to sleep. Sometimes it may only be a page but it’s still a page closer to finishing so it all counts. Not only does this help me to read more but it also helps me to switch off as I spend most of my evenings on my laptop, working on my blog or on social media sites, so when I get into bed my brain is still very much switched on, buzzing away with thoughts and ideas. Reading fixes that by diverting my attention to something else and helping me to wind down until I’m able to go to sleep with a clearer head.

3.Read more than one book at a time.

I know you’re probably reading this thinking “I hardly get the time to read one book how on earth am I supposed to read more than one?!” well bear with me because I promise you it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

It links in with the tip above about audio books. I have a physical book that I read before I go to bed and then I pick a different book to listen to in the day. I try to pick books that aren’t too similar so that I don’t start confusing them, but to me, listening to my audio book is like watching a TV show and reading a physical book before bed is just my normal reading time if that makes any sense lol.

4.Take a book with you wherever you go.

This could be a physical book, an audio book or an e-book on your phone, but always have one handy because you never know when you might get 5 minutes free that would otherwise be wasted doing nothing.

5.Make use of nap times.

If you’re one of the lucky parents still blessed with nap times then this could be the perfect time to try to get a bit more reading in. Obviously I know that there is usually a million and one jobs that also need done during this time as well but that’s where my number 1 tip about audio books comes in. They are perfect to have on in the background while you’re sorting other things.

If you still have some time before they wake up after doing any jobs that needed done, then give yourself 5 minutes to relax. Put the kettle on, put your feet up and enjoy that book you’ve been putting off picking up!

I hope that some of these tips have been helpful. Maybe you already do these or maybe you have other ways that have helped you to read more. If you do then let me know in the comments as I would love to hear them.

Emz x

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31 thoughts on “5 Tips to help you read more as a busy parent.

  1. I’ve never tried audio books. I find it hard to get past the feeling that I’m cheating (I’m doing a Goodreads challenge and audio books don’t feel like ‘proper’ reading if you know what I mean?!) but I have bought an audiobook recently. I figure I’d give it a go!


  2. I used to love reading books but now I’m lucky if I manage one a year when we’re on holiday. I’m with you. Family is my first priority, then I have my job, and any spare gaps are spent catching up on my blogligations. Audio books sound like a great idea for multi tasking. I’ll have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

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    1. They really are! I’m kicking myself for not using them sooner. I still get days where I don’t get time to read a physical book but I always listen to my audio book as it’s become second nature to just pop it on when I’m doing the things I do everyday anyway x

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  3. These are some great tips – apart from the audio books – because I only listen for a few minutes then start thinking about something else lol.
    Glad you’ve found a way to get some reading time in

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  4. Great tips. I love reading but definitely stopped for a while when my daughter was first born. I kept a book in the glove box of the car for when I was sat on the driveway letting her sleep! Now she’s 5 it’s much easier. I have the Kindle app on my phone and read when I’m waiting outside school or for her to finish gymnastics etc. #MarvMondays


  5. I’d never thought of ‘reading’ audio books myself, but I advised my Granny to ‘read’ them when her eyesight started failing and she absolutely loved them.
    I always make sure I have a book with me whenever I go to the doctor/ dentist/ hospital etc because you can always guarantee a long wait. I actually feel a bit cheated if I get seen on time!


  6. I really struggle to find time to read as can’t just pick up a book for ten minutes then put it down again, I need a longer amount of time!! I’ve never thought of listening to audio books as a solution. It’s a great suggestion, I’ll give it a try πŸ™‚



  7. I’ve not read in ages, probably not since last summer as the main time I read is on holiday. I need to boot my kindle up, in fact as Mr Jones is at work tonight I might start a new book instead of mindlessly trawling instagram! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays xx


  8. Great post! I’ve been finding it difficult to concentrate on reading in the last couple of months, I think being nine months pregnant as well has having BookBairn (who is 2) to look after has really zapped my concentration so I’ve switched to reading two really great children’s books – Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and 100 Women Scientists who Changed the World. Each ‘story’ is only a page long so I can read it in chunks and it helps me nod off. I suppose reading short stories might be a good addition to your list too as that’s quite similar. Hopefully I’ll pick up a good ‘proper’ book again soon but for now I’m saving up on sleep! Welcome to #readwithme and look forward to reading more of your posts!


    1. Thank you. I’d forgotten about short stories, that’s definitely another great tip! I’m reading a collection of Enid Blyton’s short stories to my little girl at bedtime at the minute x


  9. I cannot get into audio books. The last time I used one was a long car ride with the kids, but I never ended up finishing it. I’ll have to give it another go. I do like reading before bed. I always keep a book on my night stand and read for five to ten minutes while I’m waiting for my husband to come to bed. Great reminder to put away the social media/cell phone and get lost in something more mentally stimulating. Thanks.


    1. I couldn’t get into audio books before but I guess it just took finding the right book and now I’m hooked lol thanks for popping back to read my new post 😊 x


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