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Reading to kids is so important!
I remember loving books when I was a kid. You may not know this, but I was a bit of a writer even back then. At least, I thought I was. I used to rewrite the classics and convince myself that I’d written them. I was so proud of Goldilocks and Alice in Wonderland. I was obviously a very talented kid (if ever a laughing face emoji was necessary, it’s right here…)!
I loved books because I was surrounded by them. I loved to read and I still do. It fueled my love of learning – I still prefer reading to any other learning style. Maybe the fact that I would pick a book over YouTube is just showing my age.
It’s really important to me that the twins love reading, too. And they do. We read to them all the time. Alice even reads to herself. The words aren’t always right, but the story is basically there. She has such an amazing memory, if you read a story to her once, she remembers it well enough to correct you if you miss out words the next time she asks you to read it to her.
Reading to kids helps foster a love of reading
And reading is a really important skill to learn and encourage. Reading stretches their imagination. It improves their memory and helps them to develop their language skills and expand their vocabulary. It helps develop their concentration and communication skills. All great so far, right?
But giving them books isn’t enough. Reading to kids is what makes them want to read. It’s a great bonding activity for parents and their children. Jack and Alice ask me to read to them all the time and they love cuddling up with me to read a book, even if we’ve already read the same book a hundred times that day.
It’s a great way to slow down at the end of the day
We read a lot during the day, but my favourite time to read to the twins is at the end of the day, when we’re winding down for bedtime. It helps them relax and get ready for bed. It helps them to concentrate and calm down after spending the day running around like crazy.
It’s great for me, too! After running around after them like crazy, it’s really nice to just sit down and read a book.
It helps prepare them for school and beyond
Remember how many books you had to read at school? Kids who love books don’t mind that so much! Getting them to do their homework is less of a chore if sitting down to read and learn is already a fun part of their routine. Beyond that, helping them to develop their communication and language skills is obviously important for life in general.
Reading to kids helps them to develop skills that set them up for career success and – arguably more important – helps turn them into the kind of parents who love reading to their kids!
Make sure they have easy access to books
Set up a little bookcase for them, so that they can pick up books without having to ask. Set aside time every day to read to them, share your favourite books from your childhood with them, relive the memories you made reading with your own parents.
Reading to kids is one of the most important jobs and parent has and it’s also one of the easiest! What’s not to love about that?