I was one of the lucky ones. One of the children who was read to every day and almost every night. My mom would read the Bible to me in the morning, my favorite books throughout the day, and my dad would read chapter books at night. Even long after I could read for myself, they still read to me. Maybe that is why I love reading so much. Maybe that is why, in the first grade, I was the best reader in my class even though I was blind in one eye. Reading is my escape from boredom. In books, my imagination is unleashed. I can live in the books that I read. But, it all started with the love of reading my parents gave to me.
In this article by Katherine Stone, she discusses 7 reasons to read to your child every day.
1. It’s time spent together.
2. It’s a conversation starter
3. It’s a great way to talk about emotional health. (“How would you feel if this happened? What would you do in this situation?”)
4. It’s a great way to honor individuality in your children.
5. You can open up new worlds for your kids.
6. You get a wealth of information on where your children might need help.
7. It can lead to a lifelong love of reading in your kids
I love these reasons. I wish more parents understood the many good things they could be doing for their children just by reading to them!
Here’s an article by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic a writer for the New York Times. She talks about how she enjoys reading to her child although she often finds it exhausting and frustrating. She mentions the different books she avoids reading to her son. Although I find that funny, I think it is perfectly okay. You should always enjoy the books you read to your child. But remember, reading to your child has very little to do with you–it’s about them and it always will be. Don’t avoid good books because you don’t like them. Give your children the opportunity to make their own decisions and find out what they love.
Take the time to be a good parent, teacher, babysitter, friend or nursery worker and read to children. Every moment you invest in those children is worth it.