The Importance of Reading to Your Children

The importance of reading to your children

Many people do not understand the significance of reading to their children. Statistics have shown that children who have been read to from a very early age have picked up language skills faster than those who have not been read to at all. It is not only very important for your child's linguistic development, it is also excellent for hand eye coordination, and visual stimulation. Children love to hear the sound of their parents voices so it is never too early to start reading to your children.

I started reading to my son when he was first born. I remember a friend of mine telling me that it was pointless and that I should not read to him because he does not understand what I am saying. However, I knew that reading to him at such an early age would improve his language skills, and would eventually make him smarter. It would also provide him with an early interest in books. Because a lot of children are not interested in books and all they want to do is watch TV or play with toys that might not be teaching the anything. However, the more you read to your children the smarter they will become.

Stop Making Excuses

One of the most common excuses I hear from parents is that they cannot afford to buy their children books. Well, there is no real excuse for that because there are several options open to you. You can go to the library and borrow books for free, check out some thrift stores there are plenty of books available for sale for very little money. You can also download free books from the Internet or just simply read books straight from the Internet to your child.

Start Reading to Your Child Today

If you have not started reading to your child, it is time that you started. So, if you have no books in the house go to your local library and sign up. There are hundreds, if not thousands of books available free of charge to borrow. So, start reading today!

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Thank you in advance and thank you for reading

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

My wife always read to the children when they were young.I am not sure of what effect it had. My daughter is a reader of books. My son seems to mostly reads news and politics,mostly on line. Their children I believe are readers although we don't have a lot of direct contact.

I don't recall being read to but my father told us stories that he made up.


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intriguewriter 4 years ago from worldwide Author

I also had stories told to me that my sister made up. I make up a lot of stories for my son. Sometimes we make stories together. As long as we fire up our children's imaginations it should be fine!


Rafdaddy 4 years ago

One of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a parent (of two young boys) is reading with them at bedtime. But we often ad-lib our own made-up bedtime stories. When they asked me to write one of the stories into a children’s book, it melted my heart. Writing a book with my father was one of the unfulfilled wishes I had at their age. So we just finished writing Puddle Boy as a young children’s video book (bedtime story). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNkfZ59DNWM

Now that we finished one video book, my sons’ minds are abuzz with newer, bigger, better stories they want to write. I’ve never seen such creativity from them. So my new opinion is that reading with them is great. But writing with them is even better! How do other parents feel?

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