Happy 2021 everybody! I hope you all had a safe and joyful holiday season.

Today, I want to talk to you about New Year’s resolutions. I know, I know—not everyone’s a fan. Resolutions can often feel like a chore, or make you feel like a failure before you’re even done with January. But have you ever considered making a simple, easily implemented New Year’s resolution that will not only better your life, but your children’s lives too?

For regular readers of this blog, you know what a big advocate I am of parents and children taking the time to read together every day. I like to promote the campaign, Boys Who Read, which encourages the younger generation to fall in love with reading while taking advantage of all the benefits that come with it! (Read this article for a list of benefits reading has on child development.)

So as 2021 rolls in, I am going to challenge any of you parents out there to make a New Year’s resolution to spend at least ten minutes a day reading a book, short story, or poem with your child. It will not only help them in the numerous ways listed in the article above, but it will also help you to strengthen your parent/child bond, and maybe even encourage you to remember why reading books can be so much fun!

If you take my challenge, reach out and tell on Facebook, or send me a picture of what you and your child are going to read together this year. I’d also love to hear if any of you are going to start out the challenge with a Night Buddies book!

Wishing you all the best 2021. I know last year wasn’t easy on any of us, but I’m grateful for this community of parents and readers who stick together through it all.