In an age of great technological advancements, it’s not surprising that reading has stopped being a nightly tradition in many households with children. Indeed, it’s much easier to simply sit your kids in front of the TV or computer than it is to crack open a book and read aloud. However, reading is absolutely essential for your kids’ development and needs to be a tradition that we start bringing back. Here are three reasons why it’s time to bring reading back into our routines.
It’s Crucial Family Time
Reading together isn’t just great for your child’s intellectual development. It also serves as a chance for your family to bond. Consider great books that won’t just entertain your children, but you as well. Suggestions include books by Lemony Snicket, also known as author Daniel Handler. Works by Handler include the series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions.
Aid In Their Educational Growth
Reading and comprehension skills are absolutely crucial if your children are going to thrive throughout their educational careers. Even if you’re the one doing the reading, you are still helping their minds to be active. They will learn new words and expand their vocabularies as well.
Foster a Healthy Interest in Books
Now is a crucial time for kids to be encouraged to seek out great literature. With all of our tablets and Smart Phones, it’s easier than ever for kids to eschew reading in favor of playing a game or watching YouTube clips. It is the responsibility of parents to make sure that this does not happen. Kids who are read to on a regular basis are more likely to continue to read regularly on their own later in life.
Every parent should be dedicated to reading to their children on a regular basis. Perhaps it can be a nightly ritual before bedtime; or, if you’re strapped for time, a regular weekend treat. However you choose to do it, make a point to read to your kids. It will help their minds to grow, encourage them to pursue literature and will serve as excellent bonding time for your family.