There’s no doubt about it -- reading to your children is really one of the most touted parenting tips of all time. But, don’t be quick to jump to conclusions… it really is just as important as everyone says! The numerous benefits of reading are widespread and will help your child to be successful for the rest of his or her life.
Still unsure about whether or not you should jump on the train and start a nightly reading routine with your child? Check out our list of the top reasons you should read to your newborn or toddler each and every day!
Never Too Early Contrary to popular belief, it is NEVER too early to begin reading to your child. Even if they don’t completely understand everything you’re reading to them, they will begin to pick up on more advanced vocabulary words and sentence structures. This will seriously pay off as soon as they are old enough to go to school!
Critical Thinking Reading and understanding stories can sometimes be complicated! All the plot lines tend to intertwine and overlap, making it hard to keep up with it all. That’s all the more reason for you to read to and with your child. They more practice he or she has when it comes to reading, the better off they’ll be!
Moral Understanding One of the best parts of reading is having the opportunity to explore classic stories and novels. Fortunately, all of these works are chocked full of moral lessons! Reading allows your child the chance to think through these moral issues and develop a true sense of what is right and wrong. When they get old enough to start dealing with problems with friends and significant others, they’re be thankful to have all this knowledge.
Academic Talent The research doesn’t lie… an early childhood filled with books is one of the best predictors of later academic success. Why wouldn’t you want to give your kids every possible advantage in their schooling?
Basic Speech Skills Even just the act of hearing people speaking teaches children an important lesson! Kids learn through observation, so any opportunity to have your kid hear and see language in action should be jumped on!
Emotional Maturity As your kids grow up, it’s likely that their lives will go through some pretty serious changes. Books can help cushion these bumps so they go more smoothly for EVERYONE involved (parents included)! For example, reading a book about kindergarten can be a great comfort to a child who is worried about their first day of school.
Comforting Routine When you make reading a nightly ritual, you help your children sleep more soundly. Good sleep hygiene is incredibly important when it comes to developing overall health, so instilling this habit in your children as early as possible is a strong parenting move.
It’s undeniable… reading to your children is an extremely important tool to help you raise smart and productive citizens in today’s society! So, will you be starting a daily reading routine? Everyone else is!
Hilary Smith is a freelance journalist based out of Chicago. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School and Northwestern University's school of journalism. Upon graduation, she turned her love of technology into a freelance writing career. After becoming a mother, she began focusing on writing about family and parenting in the digital age.