Don’t you feel like with the growing advancements in technology and the incredible pace with which society is advancing, that we are at risk of phasing out some of the fundamental activities of childhood and parenthood? Screen time is starting to take over pretty much everything, but the one activity that I believe is still absolutely essential is the act of reading to your children. Some of my best childhood memories are of my parents reading my bedtime stories so let’s make sure that we end up doing the same for our own kids! Here are just a few of the important reasons to read to your children.
1. Shape Their World View
Reading stories to children can help them to form a more wide-reaching and unlimited view of the world. The more different cultures, characters, and narratives they are exposed to at a young age, the more well rounded they will be when they grow up.
Being read stories about various different characters and situations can help children to form a better understanding of the world and all of its different kinds of people and different kinds of things. The more they are exposed to different literature, the more empathy they will develop.
It can vastly improve communication skills. Not only are they listening to and absorbing lots of different words and the ways that these words can be put together, but reading to a child also can be the basis for lots of interesting conversation, conversation about the stories that can then transform in to many different areas.
Stories can fire a child’s imagination. The words and narratives can open up parts of their mind and creative process that they might not have exercised yet. The more you can read to a child, the more likely it is that they will have a wide and vivid imagination, with lots of references to pull from.
I don’t know about you, but some of my favourite childhood memories are from when my parents would read to me. Those stories are still vivid in my mind, as well as the quality time I spend with my mum or my dad. It’s special moments like this that you can’t replicate in your adult life.