5 Reasons Why You Should Read To Your Little Ones Every Day

Reading to children has always been one of the significant aspects of good parenting. How can you forget those interesting bedtime stories that mommy and daddy narrated every night? Wouldn’t you want to pass them as a legacy to your little ones? Even though parents are getting busier, this is one activity they must still indulge in. The benefits of this habit are numerous and you must make it a routine right from an early age. Here are some reasons why you should read to your little one every day.

Encourages linguistic development

The best part about reading to toddlers is that it develops their linguistic skills. The child picks up new sounds and words every day, which consolidates their literary skills and vocabulary even before they join the school. The best way to do this is by using picture books and associating words with images so that the child correlates and remembers them. Stressing on the phonetics helps to enhance their pronunciation.

Promotes parent-child bonding

If you are busy and working through the day, the reading hour is a great way to bond with your child. This time you spend with the little ones brings a sense of closeness and intimacy with the parents. They feel secure and happy because it gives them a feeling that you are there for them. For parents who work long hours or travel frequently, it is all the more important to do this activity when you can.

Teaches life skills

As a parent, you need to focus on the holistic development of your child and good books help you do that. Laura Holman Byrne, author of Tater Tot, says that not only is reading with your children a great bonding activity, but the right kinds of books can also help children learn important life lessons. Choose stories that are interesting yet have moral lessons that strengthen the core values and life skills of the child.

Enhances creativity and imagination

Young children are capable of being creative and imaginative and you need to help them unlock their potential. A reading routine can help as it gives the child an ability to imagine events, places, times and characters in the stories. You can even encourage them to build news stories with their own imagination. This practice lets them explore new worlds and opens new doors for the little ones. Who knows, you may have a great writer in the making!

Improves attention spans

Young children are often restless and it is difficult to hold their attention. By reading to them every day, you can improve their attention span because they will become used to listening and reading with interest. A better attention span will help them at school and make them more calm and patient as well. In this way, reading makes your child ready to match the challenges of academics.

Beyond everything, reading to the little ones cultivates the love for books right from a young age. This is something that you must absolutely do as a parent to make your child a smarter, happier and healthier individual.

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