OK, I am looking for advice from any providers out there (or anyone who has more than three children under the age of five).
I love to read books to kids, and they love to be read to. Usually I can do this at circle time when I sit on the couch and they sit on their mats on the floor. But sometimes you just want to cuddle on the couch and read a book.
Today I had a child who really needed a cuddle and I just wanted to give it to her. I picked out a great book about missing mommy (The Kissing Hand) and sat down next to her. She snuggled right in under my left arm.
Instantly I had the twins fighting for spots on my lap (I really try to give them one leg each but they’re not usually satisfied). Another child, who was changing her clothes in the other room, started yelling, “Don’t read without me!!” and careened in to find that all the spots were already taken, and “If I sit there I can’t seeeee.” Both me and the twin on the right patted the couch cushion next to us and she agreed to take it.
Now I’m trying to hold the book out high enough so that everyone can seeeee, snuggle the one who needed it under my left elbow while using my outstretched (and therefore weakened) arms to keep the twins from harming me or falling off and harming themselves while they continue to wrestle on my lap.
I give up!! Does anyone have a good tip on how to do this, or do I just save the books for a time when I’m in a chair and they’re not?!