Why It's Important to Read to Your Child
Parenting is hard. Being a friend, playmate, helper, teacher, amateur doctor and occasional horsie to your kids can be tasking. Your children may continually try your patience until you’re fit to burst.
But you gotta love ‘em. The cute, adorable ‘mini-you’.
No matter what, you’d want the absolute best for them. You want them to grow and be the best they can be... to reach higher than you’ve ever did. You want them to be happy.
That’s why you need to start building that foundation now.
Kids are quite impressionable. At their tender age, much of their knowledge and behavioral tendencies are as a result of what they have witnessed. In their formative years, they’re like sponges – soaking up each experience – and learning. It’s crucial you’re present as early as possible, helping your child learn the right things; learn the right way.
How do you do this?
One important way is READING TO YOUR CHILD.
Sounds too simple to be true right? How does reading stuff to kids help? Well, It does.
And here are a few of the benefits of reading to your child.
1. Bonding Time
Reading time is bonding time. Reading to your kid helps you create and nourish a special relationship with them. When you make it a daily tradition, you remind them that no matter what may have happened that day and no matter how annoyed you are, you’ll be with them. Always.
It’s a soothing activity that opens up communication lines between you both.
2. Cognitive Development
When you read to your child, you help them develop cognitive skills that would be useful in school and in life. They learn faster and are able to hold their own amongst other kids in terms of reading abilities, language skills and vocabulary.
PBS.org supports this and informs us that,
“One study found that kindergarten children who were read to at least three times a week had a “significantly greater phonemic awareness than did children who were read to less often.”
Also, it helps in problem-solving. Whilst being read to, they may come across issues that challenge them and fire up their curiosity. Then, they try to solve these problems under your proper guidance and when they do, that’s one trick up their sleeve in case they encounter it in their daily life.
Basically, reading to your kid makes learning fun for them, as they associate it with feelings of warmth, affection and pleasure. Therefore, when they come across school learning, they aren’t averse to the experience.
3. Emotional Development
This is a facet that is not usually looked at. But The New York Times states that a new study has highlighted the fact that reading to your child can help curtail behavioral issues such as aggression, poor attention span and hyperactivity. (Klass.)
The Lead investigator, Dr. Mendelsohn said that when being read to, “ ...children have an opportunity to think about characters, to think about the feelings of those characters... they learn to use words to describe feelings that are otherwise difficult and this enables them to better control their behavior when they have challenging feelings like anger or sadness.” (Klass.)
Children may even use certain books to reflect their moods and may assign certain books for certain emotions.
There are a host of other benefits, including the fact that reading to your kid enhances their listening skills, so that they are able to listen to and absorb learning and parental advice.
As a bonus, we’ve put down some tips to help you in your reading journey:
Make it a daily routine and be consistent with it.
Gently prompt questions and statements concerning characters and illustrations from them.
Let them choose. If they want a particular book, even if it’s been chosen so many times, it’s practically falling apart. If you want them to pick something else, you can gently urge them.
There you have it, reasons why it’s important to read to your kids. Obviously, the benefits far outweigh the cons – whatever they may be. So, start now to make cozy reading time part of your family’s timetable and try to stick with it. If you need help, The Elite Nanny Team has the perfect full-time or part-time nanny to help advance your children's reading skills! Just, feel free to contact us, we’re always here!
Klass, Perri. “Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention” Nytimes.com. 16 April, 2018
Kriss, D.F.” Why Reading Aloud to Kids Helps Them Thrive” PBS.org. May 15, 2018