If like me you have very delicate vocal chords that leave you voiceless with the least cold, you will know the feeling of frustration at being unable to create the ever so important minority language (ml) exposure that your children need on a daily basis. It gets even more frustrating when your children, request these stories and Daddy is not around to play substitute.
This happened to me recently and an idea just jumped at me: I went and grabbed some of our audiobooks that come with a book. Normally, my daughters just listen to audiobooks on their own on their music player in their bedroom. But, here I used the CD as a substitute to my voice, I sat with my daughters, and simply turned the pages, pointing at pictures, to make it feel like I was participating in the reading.
It’s no genius idea, of course, but sometimes under the pressure of frustration and feeling poorly, we do not think of these simple hacks.
So, if you regularly lose your voice when sick, plan ahead and stack on audiobooks that come packaged as books+CD 🙂