Watching our young children grow, learn new skills, and become proficient in a wide range of activities is tremendously exciting for parents. Especially in their early days, it seems like they are doing something new every single day.
And as parents, we have a huge responsibility in assisting these little ones in their growth. We cannot give that responsibility over to the TV or an electronic tablet and just hope they learn all they need to know to develop into well-rounded adults.
So today, let us encourage every parent of young children to look afresh at how effectively you are raising your kids, and how much of a hands-on role you have each day in helping, teaching, and encouraging them to be all that they can.
One very easy way of assisting in your child’s development is by encouraging a love of reading from a very early age. Read to them during the day, in the car on a long drive, and of course as they get ready for bed every night.
They will love spending time exploring different stories, role-playing their favourite characters, and just hanging out with mum or dad.
It is a simple routine which will pay huge dividends later on as your children slowly begin to takeover the role of reading the stories to you, and then start reading their own books when they have some quiet time during the day and on holidays.
It is a well-recognised fact that reading to children helps stimulate their imagination and gives them an interest in the world around them and other cultures.
From a very early age it assists in teaching them essential language and spelling skills they will need throughout their schooling, and of course throughout life.
By choosing a wide variety of suitable reading materials, you will build their vocabulary and give them a thirst for learning.
And they will develop the ability to break down difficult words, and become confident in asking questions when they don’t understand an expression.
They will also gain a better understanding of the world, and their place in it. Their future lifestyle interests and occupation may even be influenced by the reading they did as a youngster.
And if you don’t know where to start, check out this amazing list from Time called: 100 BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF ALL TIME. There is sure to be something there for every taste in literature!
If you enjoyed today’s post, why not also check out ‘The benefits of board games for preschoolers!’ And don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, so we can keep you updated in the future with more great parenting posts.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor Barre
Empowering people to live a healthy, authentic and fulfilling, personal and business lifestyle.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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