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145: How to Make Reading with your Kids More Fun & Less Stressful // Janssen Bradshaw of Everyday Reading

Janssen Bradshaw by popular US mom podcast, 3 in 30 Podcast: image of Janssen Bradshaw sitting on a couch with her daughter and reading a picture book together.

Sometimes you need to employ some strategies to enjoy reading with you kids. It’s not a “given” that all kids will love being read to by their parents, just as it’s not a “given” that all parents will love reading to their kids. Which is why I’m so excited to be talking to Janssen Bradshaw today about how to make reading with your kids more fun and less stressful.

I’m a former high school English teacher, so it probably comes as no surprise that I love reading to my kids. I always say that books are my secret weapon to get through their hard behaviors. But not all parents feel this way, and that’s okay!

Whether you love reading to your kids or it’s a real struggle for you, I know you are going to get some amazing tips from this week’s episode. Our guest is Janssen Bradshaw who is a former elementary school librarian with a masters degree in library and information studies. She now stays home with her four daughters and runs the blog Everyday Reading, which helps parents make reading an enjoyable, simple part of their family life.

Three Takeaways from Janssen Bradshaw to Enjoy Reading with Your Kids

1) Pick books that are fun for YOU to read with your kids. 

-If you enjoy the books, you’ll make more time for family reading, and it’ll be a better experience for everyone.

2) Don’t be afraid to quit a book. 

-If you decide to stop reading a book together, you’re not teaching your child to be a quitter – you’re teaching them that you don’t have to pour more time into something that isn’t working for you. 

3) Let your kids move while you read. 

-Research actually shows that many children can focus better when their hands are occupied. (ex: LEGOS, coloring, brushing your hair)

Show Notes

Janssen’s Blog, Everyday Reading

Janssen’s Instagram Account

List of 100 Children’s Books (2020)

30 Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers & Kindergartners

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Read Aloud Revival Podcast, episode 82 “Why Fidgeting is a Good Sign”

Related Episodes

Episode 003: Introducing Our Kids to Unexpected Heroes // Jennifer Brimhall

Episode 125: 3 Tips for the Accidental Homeschooling Mom // Bonnie & Audrey from the Outnumbered Podcast

Episode 140: Raising Culturally Curious Children // Preethi B. Harbuck

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What did Janssen Bradshaw share that you found most helpful? Let me know in a comment below!

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. Pauline on 08/31/2020 at 7:43 AM

    This was a Awesome podcast! I thought I was a bad mom for not like reading to my kids. The podcast was so helpful in so many was, especially the part it talked about finding a book I like or letting an audible read out loud while I spend time with my kids one on one and doing something they like to do. Thank you! I’m excited to see what books that can be fun for both sides.

    • Rachel Nielson on 08/31/2020 at 1:33 PM

      Oh I’m so glad it was helpful for you! Thank you so much for taking the time to come here and tell me!

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