• Julia Stratton

4 Reasons to Read With Your Child

Reading is an excellent way to promote well-being in your family. All you need to do is grab a book, grab your kid, and start reading. Not only is reading enjoyable for you and your child, but it also promotes mental wellness and teaches life skills. Here is a quick list of the benefits of reading with your child!

1. Routines

Reading a book with your child before bedtime is a great routine to help get your kid ready for bed. While the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out many families‘ daily routines, bedtime stories can be a great way to get back in a routine with your child.

2. Quality time

Holding your child and reading a book is an excellent way to spend quality time together. Importantly, having a strong connection between you and your child will help them build healthy relationships with others as they grow up. Not only do you get to cuddle with them, but reading also facilitates discussion which helps you get to know your child and discuss difficult topics with them.

3. Develops empathy and life skills

Books serve as mirrors and windows which help children both see into the lives of others and reflect on their own lives. Books help children understand the people around them, enhance curiosity, and teach them tools to work through common life challenges.

4. Improves literacy

Reading at home is essential for children to become strong readers. Especially during the summer and the pandemic when children don’t have access to books at school, reading with your child has become more important than ever in order to keep developing their reading skills and promoting future success at school.

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