I’m a working mum, and proud of it.
I often wish there were more hours in the day, and sometimes feel like I’m doing ten jobs passably well, instead one job brilliantly. But I don’t beat myself up about it because I know I’m trying my very best, and I believe it’s a good thing my girls will grow up seeing that motherhood and successful careers can be combined.
However, there is one area where I would like to do better, and that’s reading with the girls. Growing up, I read voraciously - escaping to a fantasy world of Magic Faraway Trees, and Chocolate Factories, and Giant Peaches.
It stretched my imagination, and ignited my creativity, and broadened my knowledge, but most of all it was fun! Technology is so prevalent these days that good, old-fashioned books are in danger of being overshadowed by tablets, and apps, and movie downloads.
I know I’m guilty of it too – letting the girls watch the iPad while I finish some emails – and it’s something I want to change for 2014.
Which is why the idea of BOOK BUGGY appealed to me so much. It’s a subscription service, costing £18.99 (plus £2.50 p&p) per month. For that price your child receives three or four beautiful books handpicked according to their age and interests.
The selections arrived in gorgeous gift boxes, addressed to each girl, which they couldn’t wait to unwrap. That night the three of us snuggled up on the couch, and read the books together, and it was lovely. I’d forgotten how amazing it felt to escape into a book, and let the story transport you to a magical land.
Since then we’ve tried to read together every night. Some evenings it’s just not possible – that’s the reality of modern life for you – but I’m making much more effort to find those 20 minutes; not just for the benefit of the girls, but for me too.
• our book buggy pack was provided for review