From Black Friday to…Turn-Around Tuesday?

by On December 9, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Holidays, Reading

Credit: Austin Hodgins,

Turn-Around Tuesday!
Credit: Austin Hodgins

OK, by now we’ve all survived?Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. (Heck, some of us even survived?“brown Thursday” — a.k.a. Thanksgiving night shopping. Tryptophan clearly doesn’t slow everyone down.)

As a counter to all this holiday consumerism focus, I would like to propose “Turn-around Tuesdays” throughout the remainder of the holiday season.

Let’s assume you were already tuckered out after the high-profile shopping days that kicked off the season. Now you’re looking at weeks of trying to tuck more holiday shopping into the spare minutes and hours of your crazy-busy family/work schedule.

What I’m suggesting is that if you find yourself driving to a shopping mall or chain store on a Tuesday, turn around. Or if Tuesday finds you with eyes laser-locked onto computers, cell phones or holiday catalogs so you can research online shopping deals, turn around.

Basically, if its Tuesday, turn away from all the commercial messages, all the merchandise, and all the items on your holiday to-do list and say, instead: “I’ve got something more important to do.” Then gather your kid(s) around, snuggle under a blanket on the couch, and read a great book together. Maybe even a few great books. Heck, if it’s a cold night, toss in some hot cocoa all around.

Because here’s the bottom line. When your kid is all grown up, they probably won’t remember shopping mall runs or the video game you bought them this year, but they will remember spending cozy winter nights snuggled under a blanket, reading with you.

Taking time to read
credit: Bill Frymier, 2003

Of course, I understand that parents with young kids should be reading every night, not just on Tuesdays. But I’m a busy parent too, and I get it. During the holidays, unusual schedules and demands disrupt our normal routines and undermine best intentions. Daily reading to/with our kids may take the hit.

But, with a Turn-Around Tuesday approach, we ensure at least one day a week where we maintain some balance during the busy holidays. And when we make that time to read together as families, everyone wins. They’re getting reading support. You get to bond with your child AND sit down and rest. Sweet.

Hopefully, Turn-Around Tuesdays will encourage even more reading time on Wonderful Wednesdays and Thrilling Thursdays. To inspire you, Bookboard has some great winter and Hanukkah themed books to get started. You should also check out the fun?12 Days of Bookboard promotion, each day highlighting another great book to read with the kids this holiday season.

Yes, holiday gifts are lovely and holiday shopping can be a fun, special family activity, too. But remember that the gift our kids value most is our love and time. Reading to them is a great way to offer both.



Diana is a sociologist, freelance writer and mom, though rarely in that order. Her writing spans topics from parenting joys and challenges to prevention education. She writes a monthly parenting blog for Yahoo and has published feature articles on adoption, family rituals and the childcare industry for parenting publications. Diana earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. These days find her hanging with her husband and book-loving six year old in the San Francisco Bay Area, while happily blogging and serving as a reading advocate for Bookboard.

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