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What Reading to Kids Can Do

By Sandy Schroeder

In a very busy world filled with diversions, reading to children may still have a unique contribution that’s worth looking at.

When I saw an article in explaining why we should be reading to our kids, it pointed out all of the special things that can happen.

The article mentioned a recent survey that showed 1 in 3 parents read bedtime stories to their kids every night, but half of the parents said their kids spend more time with TV and video games, and a large group said they had no books in their homes.

They countered, pointing out how critical books are to development. Kids will learn faster and do better if they are already comfortable with books when they start school. Reading together also helps children develop emotionally and parents become more grounded.

Here's how it is beneficial.

Reading can be a calm evening tradition - It can help a child wind down, sit quietly, and make the transition from an active day to a quiet night. Thoughts slow down and everyone relaxes.

Kids become familiar with the mechanics of books - A child sees the illustrations and the words and they learn reading goes from left to right. They also learn new words and concepts as they gain more respect for books.

Reading can spark a child’s imagination - TV just puts everything out there with no effort needed. A good book pulls the child into the story and helps create images of the characters. If they really love a story they may sit and look at the book later telling the story again in their own words.

Reading deepens the bond with a child - Every night there is a special quiet time that the child shares with mom or dad. No matter what has happened during the day, the child can count on a peaceful time at night. If there are issues from the day, this gives the child a chance to bring them up, and sort them out with the parent.

Reading broadens a child’s world – Things that he or she may only partially understand may become clearer as a parent reads. It’s a good time for a child to figure out how things work, and put more of the world into a clearer perspective. It may also stimulate new interests for the child, or help a parent introduce new ideas.

As reading becomes part of the child’s daily world, and the child begins preschool, visits to the children’s center in the library and local bookstores may be next, reinforcing reading and preparing the child for kindergarten. The more natural the whole process feels the better school will feel, too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland, Tex.

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