• Julia Stratton

The Relationship Between Reading and Wellbeing

Although reading is a small everyday activity, it can have huge, lifelong benefits for wellbeing. Teaching your child to be a good reader from a young age is linked to greater wellbeing in relationships, school, and physical health.

Regular reading and good literacy skills can lead to...

1. Better relationships with parents

Research shows that reading with your child helps them form strong relationships with you. Cuddling with your child and focusing on the story together helps the child feel safe and secure which is important for developing a lasting bond.

2. Higher achievement at school

Children who read at home with their parents become better readers and tend to do better in school. Reading helps children to develop key literacy skills which help them enjoy reading and makes them more likely to become lifelong readers.

3. Confidence and self-esteem

Doing well in school helps children build confidence and self-esteem. When children lag behind their peers in reading, they can become discouraged at school, start to act out, and set low expectations for themselves. Reading to your children often will help them become better readers and help them develop confidence at school and beyond.

4. Better sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is super important for children’s development and good sleep starts with a good routine. Putting away screens and reading to your child before bed is a great way to help your child wind down and get ready to sleep.

5. Reading is good for parents, too!

Reading with your child has benefits for you, too! Research shows that reading books with your child is associated with greater parental wellbeing and lower maternal depression. So, while helping your child read and learn, you’re also looking out for your own health.

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