Reading matters for a variety of reasons, such as increasing literacy, general culture and IQs. Children tend to be more focused and generally do better in school and professionally.
However one significant benefit is missing. It is the value of spending that quality time with your children. Several studies demonstrated that children liked to be read to even when they can read themselves. We all live busy lives and with the increasing use of technology at home, it gets more difficult to find time to spend with your children.
Reading books together is always a great way to maintain or reinforce bonds between parents and children. You can take advantage of some stories children can relate to to speak about difficult moments in life, such as the loss of a loved one or the arrival of a sibling. Let the story prompt some questions, for example “how do you feel about a little sister arriving soon?” or “What would you do if you were in the character’s place?”.
Use books to get kids smarter but also to develop social and emotional skills, such as tolerance, empathy, etc…
And as usual happy reading!
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