Reading to your Kids – Benefit Number One is —
Building a stronger relationship with your child or children.
By Eileen Brown
Remember when your child was a baby? All that cuddling you enjoyed when your child was very young does not have to go away. Those feelings are just a “positive storybook” away.
Reading to Kids brings them closer to you in many ways.
As any child grows older they will be on the move, moving forward with their lives and away from their cuddling relationship with you. They will be on the move in many ways; running, playing and constantly stumbling upon new experiences. Exploring the world around them is a big part of growing older. But they do not have to actually “grow away” from you.
You can bring those feelings of closeness to bear with one of the most nurturing activites to be had – reading to your child.
Snuggling up with a book or two with your young child becomes a very special time when the stories come alive for them that YOU present. It is never a chore to light up their lives and it is time very well spent. Reading to your child will bring you closer to them. Just watch the wonder in their eyes! A whole new world can be opened up to them, and guess what? You will be responsible for helping them widen the horizons in which they live.
Every moment you spend reading to your child enriches the parent-child relationship.
It will also help build a wide and varied vocabulary. You will teach them about complex aspects of life when they are engaged in stories with positive themes that can be more mature in nature than what they encounter in life. Issues can be confronted through reading a story instead of a child having to confront scary issues. When you relate stories that teach lessons about relationships they will be in a “safe place” with you and can discuss the scary concerns easily.
Some of the best moments you will have with your child will come through sharing your time by reading stories. When you really teach them about “how to solve a problem” within the context of the story you are reading, you will be helping your child gain skills to lead a happier and healthier life.
Schedule reading time as often as possible!
Once a day is good. And don’t worry if you miss a day, just make sure reading to your child is ‘on’ for the next day. Make this activity the most important one in your day. Once you start letting it be known how important this is to you, your child will learn a very great lesson: that reading is worthwhile!
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Eileen Brown is a web developer, web consultant and content writer. She has written hundreds of articles across the web for software development companies, software distributors and articles for a wide variety of industries on the web. As an avid reader, a mother and grand-mother, reading and parenting has been a life long interest. Find her at Buddy Web Services or Biz News Buddy.