A Mom’s Guide to Making Time for Reading

Not all heroes wear capes, and often times they go by the name of ‘mom’. Many of you have asked, “Gabby, how do I make time for leisurely reading while balancing both my life as a full-time mom, along with my career to top it off?” or “How do you make time for reading like you, you seem to fly through books!”. Here’s the thing my friends, I’m not a mother, and I wouldn’t even begin to give you unrelatable advice to this inquiry. The truth is mommies are real life sheroes, and I wanted to make this post not only special, but especially for you. How does a mom make the time for reading while ensuring that both their household and happiness remain intact? What better way to answer this inquiry than to ask a group of amazing mommies! Now you have to promise me just one thing before reading what’s to follow…are you ready? Promise me that you will put mommy duty on hold, and treat yourself to 10-15 minutes of ‘me time’ to get lost in these guest contributor's best kept secrets and tips. After all they had you in mind as they created this practical how-to guide!


erinn & drexel

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Age Range: 31-35 years old

Occupation: Educator

How old is your little one/s? 3 years old

What is your favorite children’s book/s to read alongside your little one/s? Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

What types of books are you interested in? Fiction & Nonfiction

When did you become an avid reader? I always have been

Paint the picture – How do you like to set the mood for reading: I normally read in bed after a hot shower, with a candle. Wine depends on how hard the day has been!

What is one of the biggest excuses you believe someone makes as to why they can’t make time for leisurely reading? I think people think they have to be able to fly through a book really quickly. It takes me double the time to read a book now that I am a mother, but for me it’s about sticking with it and enjoying the ride of the novel than being able to say how many books I've read.

Overall, how and when do you carve time for reading into your active schedule? I keep my book with me at all times. There are times where unexpected moments to read pop up. Maybe while I'm waiting for an oil change or getting a pedicure, when I have my current read handy I am able to sneak in a few pages. I also try to read at night before bed and get a break from television.

What tips would you give to a mom trying to balance it all, but aspiring to add some “me time” for reading, not knowing where to start? 1. Keep your book handy 2. Stay consistent. A few pages at a time!

What book titles are you dying to read this year? The Hate U Give

Name one book you would recommend someone purchase immediately: We’re Going to Need More Wine. Such a fun read!


Sheila & Eden

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Age Range: 25-30 years old

Occupation: Nurse Practitioner

How old is your little one/s? 23 months

What is your favorite children’s book/s to read alongside your little one/s? Please Baby, Please, Alphaprints ABC, Five Little Monkeys, Brown Bear, Brown Bear (slide and find)

What types of books are you interested in? Fiction, Self-Improvement, Young Adult

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why? Does comic book/movies count? I would so be Okoye from Black Panther. Doesn't get any more: fierce, strong, loyal, leader than her; she is everything!

When did you become an avid reader? I always have been

Paint the picture – How do you like to set the mood for reading: It’s usually a late night read for me. I just want a quiet, relaxed vibe. I love to have a candle lit and a cozy blanket.

What is one of the biggest excuses you believe someone makes as to why they can’t make time for leisurely reading? “I am too busy.” People fill their schedules up not leaving time for self.

Overall, how and when do you carve time for reading into your active schedule? Most days the only time I have to read is after my daughter goes down for bed at 9pm. That’s when mommy time has officially begun! Aside from nighttime, I also find time to read at work; SOMETIMES we have down time and instead of scrolling on social media, I try to read. I carry my read in my purse wherever I go.

What tips would you give to a mom trying to balance it all, but aspiring to add some “me time” for reading, not knowing where to start? I think moms are the queens of getting things done. It comes down to what you willing to prioritize today. For me, what has always helped with feeling like I have things pretty well-balanced, is writing out a schedule in my planner. That way, I can visually see where I can add or subtract time. I will even write in a time for reading. Also, just really knowing what 'me time' looks like. For me, I eliminate watching TV because, I enjoy reading more and I don't have a lot of time to accomplish both. Another tip is to carry your current read with you everywhere; while you wait..... read. By trying to incorporate reading into your early morning routine, breaks at work, and your wind down routine at bedtime you'll soon see how 'me time' can happen!

What book titles are you dying to read this year? An American Marriage, Everything Here is Beautiful, Becoming

Name one book you would recommend someone purchase immediately: Homegoing


Claudine & Jojo

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Age Range: 31-35 years old

Occupation: Dean of Restorative Practices

How old is your little one/s? almost 3 years old, March 30th!

What is your favorite children’s book/s to read alongside your little one/s? Anything Harry Potter

What types of books are you interested in? Fiction, Nonfiction, Self-Improvement, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why? Hermione Granger, she’s smart and knows her magic, enough said.

When did you become an avid reader? I always have been

Paint the picture – How do you like to set the mood for reading: with my beats, some jazz, and a cuddly blanky

What is one of the biggest excuses you believe someone makes as to why they can’t make time for leisurely reading? Time, we make time for what we love

Overall, how and when do you carve time for reading into your active schedule? I try to read for a minimum of 10 minutes daily...it’s all about the small goals!

What tips would you give to a mom trying to balance it all, but aspiring to add some “me time” for reading, not knowing where to start? Start with reading for 10 minutes a day and before long you'll be so into the book that your curiosity will push your ability and reading stamina.

What book titles are you dying to read this year? Becoming

Name one book you would recommend someone purchase immediately:  An oldy, but goody: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon


What piece of advice from these book-loving mommies do you plan on implementing immediately? Share your comments below with our guest contributors!

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