There are many things that parents and children can do together to reinforce their special bond and create memories together. Honestly, I wish I had done MORE with my kids. I was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, so I was there for my kids from birth through high school graduation, however, working with little kids I miss those years and I wish I could turn back the hands of time and do more with them. My husband and I did as much as we could with them, but I still wish we did more.
I wish that I had done more with my mom and dad to create special memories with them. My parents were “old school,” where the mom stayed home to cook, clean and care for the kids while dad went to work to pay the bills. Sadly, my mom didn’t do things with me like arts and crafts, bike rides, nature walks or even read to me. Sigh…
A great way to create a special bond with your child is to simply snuggle with them at bed time and read a book together. Not only are you and your child spending precious moments together, but you are also helping to foster a love of reading with your child.
What happens when your child is ready for bed time but you are not available to read them a story? What if you had to work late, or were out of town on business? What if you are in the military and deployed overseas? How can your child enjoy their special story time or bed time story without you? They can with My Recordable Storytime.
My Recordable Storytime allows a parent, guardian, grandparent or special someone to read a story for a child and record it at the same time, allowing a child to have a story told to them in YOUR voice while they flip through the pages of the book. Children can even record themselves reading the book so that they can practice reading and enjoy the benefit of hearing themselves read the story to themself.
My Recordable Storytime books feature 40 recordable pages. They allow and adult to express the love they have for their little one through storytelling. These books are especially perfect for long-distance grandparents. I WISH I had a recording of my grandparents’ voices. I miss them so much. They have been gone since the early 1980’s. I can’t remember what they sounded like (my own mom and dad too for that matter). The thought of being able to hear their voices would mean the world to me, even if it was to hear them read a story in a book (and I’m an adult!).
These books are not only great for the “here and now,” but they are also heartfelt keepsake that families will cherish forever.
Some of the available books from My Recordable Storytime include;
- WELCOME LITTLE ONE by Sandra Magsamen (USA Today bestseller with 1 million copies sold!)
- MIRACLE ON 34th STREET
- SWEET DREAMS, NIGHT NIGHT
- I LOVE YOU SO by Marianne Richmond
The brand was kind enough to send me a couple of books to try out for myself. I received to review Miracle on 34th Street (one of my favorite holiday stories), as well as I Love You So. As I already mentioned, the above titles are just SOME of the available titles.
I love that inside the books there is a special spot where you can write down who the book is for, and who recorded it. Please note that you can re-record the books as much as you want. You are not stuck with the initial recording.
Inside the books you’ll find beautiful, colorful illustrations. The text depends on the story (the I Love You So is more simply than Miracle on 34th Street). It will vary from book to book.
The above are the illustrations (and some text) found in the Miracle on 34th Street Book. Below are some examples from I Love You So.
You can see the area where you record yourself reading the book below the actual book (the part with the numbers). The number pad helps you and your child to identify the recording for a specific page. For example, the above pictured photo is for page 16. To hear page 16 read to you, your child would simply have to press the numbers 1 and 6 on the keypad (this also helps with number recognition and counting).
Recording is made simple. You can even use the included QR code (as seen above in a few photos) for simple instructions.
You can have a lot of fun with these books. I think it would be so sweet if grandma can read one page, and grandpa another, and then take turns reading the pages. Or have mom and dad take turns. Even siblings can record themselves reading books.
I absolutely love this idea. I wish these books were available when my kids were little. I would have asked my parents and my mother-in-law to record themselves reading these books for my kids, so that my son and daughter each had a copy of their grandparents voices.
With the holidays fast approaching, these books would make great gifts. I also think these would make wonderful baby shower and new baby books too.
My Recordable Storytime books are sold at many retailers including Amazon, Hallmark, Barnes & Noble, Target and many other locations.
What do you think about this idea? Free free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.