In the evenings, my wonderful husband supervises our son's bath activities and I am the one who gets to read to him at night. I don't remember how this started. I don't think we made any sort of agreement or arrangement around it - it may have been a natural progression of my cleaning up after dinner, him taking the little guy upstairs for bed, and our son liking to snuggle with me more (generally speaking).
But according to some new Harvard research, my husband should be the one reading to our son at bedtime. When I read books to my son at night, I ask him questions, like "What do you think the main character is feeling right now?" or "Do you remember where we are in the story? What was the last thing that happened?" But, when men ask stories, they focus more on ones that test a child's imagination, such as "Look at that bear, do you remember the time that we saw the bear at the zoo?"
Add all of this to the list of questions provided by the school that I am supposed to be asking my son to help him determine things like the book's setting and the author's purpose in writing the story. (Think about that last one for a moment. That's a hard one to answer for a Captain Underpants book.)
Here's the thing: I love reading to my son. And although I know my husband does a great job at it, I am not ready to give it up yet. I will happily incorporate more imaginative questions into my readings as long as I don't have to give up that special time I have with my son for an end-of-the-day snuggle.
Who does the majority of reading with the children in your family? Tell me in the comments.