5 Terrific Reasons Why Moms Should Make Time to Read

Make time to read because the endless benefits of reading improve your life and the lives of your family members. What? How so? Reading all the time is one way to ensure “me time.” When Mom has a bit of scheduled me-time each day, she can focus on the family. Although reading may not be at the top of your to-do list, making time to read can keep you in a good mood. Joseph Addison, an essayist, poet, playwright, and politician from the 18th century once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”  

How to Fit in Reading During the Day as a Busy Mom

Be an Example to Your Children

Taking time to read during the day as a busy Mom serves as an example to your children about the importance of reading. Is there any better reason to make time to read? You can set a quiet time each day where everyone reads for 15 to 20 minutes. Even little children can look at the pictures. Start when they are young. Of course, you still want to read stories to your children every day, too. But teaching your children to independently love story books and learning is priceless.

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Sometimes it is challenging to make time to read. Moms find every excuse in the book as to why they do not have time. But where there’s a will there’s a way. When you have babies or waiting for teens to come home, the best time to read in the night might be after dark. Choose books that make you happy. If you love nonfiction and self-help books, go for it. But if you love romance or mysteries, by all means, enjoy.

Unplug and Go Read a Book

Throughout the day we are so connected to technology, which is becoming more and more of a necessity. But it’s important for everyone to take time daily to unplug, but it’s especially important for Moms to unplug and make time to read. We spend so much time doing and thinking for others, our brain needs that break to escape for a bit. You’ll find that if you spend 20-30 minutes reading per day, you’ll be able to focus more when it comes time to switch gears.

The Forest app can help you unplug to make time to read. This app basically sets a timer while a digital tree grows so you can spend time reading, gardening, playing with your children, or enjoying a hike. The goal is to encourage you to unplug.

Reading Promotes a Positive Outlook

Is reading a good use of time? Reading is a great way to stay inspired, motivated, and positive. If you make time to read nonfiction books, it can inspire and motivate you through the stories of others’ lives. If you struggle to keep a positive mindset, daily reading positive books can really help to give you a quick reset.

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Happiness truly can be found in progress, so if you feel that you are constantly learning and growing you will naturally be happier. Reading about topics you’ve always wanted to learn about is a great way to feel accomplished. Choosing books to read that focus on areas you struggle with is another way to improve yourself overall and grow as a person.

For example, if you are struggling with confidence you can read books that focus on improving self-confidence. If you are struggling with managing your finances, you can make time to read about budgeting and finance to feel more in control and learn new ways to better your life. Or if you just need more me-time, you can choose books that let you escape into another dimension of an imaginary world.

Reading Can Improve Conversational Skills

Reading can improve conversation skills by increasing vocabulary, your understanding of cultural norms and context, and knowledge of the world. Reading allows people to practice reflecting on different ideas and forming opinions in a safe environment, which can be beneficial when engaging in a conversation. Additionally, reading can nurture critical thinking and communication skills, making it easier to constructively engage in conversations.

You will find when you make time to read, you will naturally have an easier time having conversations with other moms at the playground, at work, and with your family. They will appreciate all of the amazing tips and insights you have learned from reading so many great books or just a good book suggestion! Having more to offer others is a great perk to being a daily reader.

Reading Can Reduce Stress

Reading books can help reduce stress for Moms in a number of ways. When Moms make time to read, it provides an escape from the demands and pressures of everyday life, allowing them to relax and enjoy the story. Reading can help divert Mom’s attention from her worries and troubles, allowing her to focus on something fun and interesting. Reading also can boost Mom’s mood by providing her with a calming, pleasurable experience.

Reading is literally like a vacation for your brain that reduces stress and lets you relax. Reading can increase blood flow and improve connectivity to the brain. Becoming a more consistent reader can improve your life socially, physically, academically, and spiritually. Now that you know the benefits, here are some books for suggested reading!

5 Non-Fiction Books to Make Time to Read

  1. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
    A popular read among women today, many women find this book to be relatable, inspiring, funny, and encouraging.
  2. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
    While this is a popular business book, it also applies to all areas of your life and habits. If you want to change anything about your life, this is a great book to start with!
  3. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
    Life changer. Again, a book that applies to your entire life and can inspire permanent change from small habits to big hang-ups.
  4. Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love by Melissa Ambrosini
    We all have an inner mean girl, and this book helps us improve our lives by silencing her!
  5. Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
    Whether it’s a miscarriage, job loss, relationship problems, etc. this book is about embracing the bitter, as well as the sweet, and using it to change and grow us.

5 Fiction Books to Make Time to Read

  1. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    The Best of Me features two former lovers who wonder if the choices they made long ago can be rewritten by their still strong connection.
  2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student, orphaned and penniless, takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster’s wife.
  3. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis, Beth Clark, Katie Davis Majors
    Katie moved to Uganda at the young age of 19 and became the adoptive mother of 14 children! Katie’s life is an inspiration that will leave you wanting to love and serve just as Katie has done.
  4. Wishing For a Highlander by Jessi Gage
    Melanie hadn’t exactly wished to be left single and pregnant by a cheating ex. But that’s exactly where she found herself while also trying to maintain her job working at the Charleston Museum. See how she is saved by a handsome, but reclusive Highlander.
  5. Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland
    In an instant, Cassie receives sudden, life-changing news and realizes that losing everything might become a terrifying reality. In this book, you’ll learn valuable lessons about love, forgiveness, and appreciating the days we’re given.

Why is it important to make time to read?

Reading has immense benefits for moms, including improved mental well-being, enhanced creativity, and better communication skills. When you make time to read, you provide a much-needed escape from the stresses of everyday life. Reading can help moms to relax and even inspire them with fresh new ideas.

It can also be a great way to connect with their children, as reading can be a shared activity that everyone can enjoy together. Ultimately, it can be an essential part of helping moms stay engaged, focused, and balanced. Reading is also a great way to learn more about the world, stay informed on current events, and even gain new perspectives, making it an essential part of any mom’s life.

What is the value of making time to read?

Reading is a great way for Moms to stay informed, entertained, and inspired. Moms can enjoy many benefits when they make time to read newspapers, online articles, and even fiction

Newspapers can provide an up-to-date look at local and world news, allowing Moms to stay informed about what is happening in their communities and around the world. Reading online articles can provide Moms with a wealth of valuable information, such as health and parenting tips, recipes, DIY projects, and more.

Reading fiction can provide a great escape and allow Moms to enjoy some much-needed relaxation. All of these forms of reading can provide Moms with the opportunity to learn more, be entertained, and even feel more connected to their community.

Is making time to consistently read really worth it?

Reading is definitely worth it and it can be a great way to learn new information, improve concentration and focus, and even help with mental acuity. Watching a video can be an educational experience, but it is not the same as reading as you often get more out of reading due to the need for active engagement. Reading also helps expand vocabulary and sharpen communication skills, which are invaluable to people in any field.


When you make time to read, you help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Spending time reading can be a much-needed respite from the stresses of daily life, allowing moms to take a break and refocus. Make reading a priority for you and your family. Making time to read will surely change your life for the better. There are so many great books to make time to read out there, the options are endless! Happy reading, fellow moms!

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Jessica LeBrun
Jessica LeBrun
Jessica is a work-at-home-mom living in Florida with her husband, 5 year old little boy, 3 year old daughter, and 2 lab pups. Their family will grow by March 2019, when they expect to welcome a new baby boy! Jessica has been working as a freelance web developer for over 10 years but her real passion is writing. When she’s not chasing kids and finding pockets of time to work at home, she enjoys exercise, reading, perfecting her succulent garden, and trying new restaurants with her husband. Connect with her on her website at On Moxie & Motherhood.

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