Woo hoo! 200 posts in two days and still going strong!And reading a book because your kid has asked you to -- whether she's 2 and wants you to read Goodnight, Moon again, or she's 14 and wants you to read Harry Potter with her and you don't want to, but you're grateful that your 14yo daughter wants to do something with you, so you do it.
Okay, I'm gonna try explaining this again. One, there is a difference with having a barby tea party and/or playing dress up, that's an "INTERACTION" with your kid. So that's not on the same par as reading a book.
Let's use you Moon reference (where has Moon been by the way?) anyway, there is also a difference with reading TO your child, and reading your child's book on your own. Let's say your 2 yr old wants you to take Goodnight Moon to work in your briefcase and read it during lunch hour? You might say sure and even take it, but are you REALLY gonna read it during your lunch hour? I'm thinking most men... no.
Now, something like Harry Potter is different because that is a book adults can enjoy as well. The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew or whatever else tweens read, I just don't think that is appealing to ANY adult, let alone an adult man (I might make an exception for a "mom.")
If a dude gets all gaga and interested about the next Hardy Boy adventure, I'm just saying he needs to hand in his man-card.