Allow daily reading time

benefits of reading

Reading a baby or very young child is not always as smooth as the experts suggest. Be persistent and adapt in a way that works for you and with a little patience it will soon be worthwhile for both of you to read to your child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that we read to our children every day before the child turns six months old. Children who are read to enjoy a higher level of literacy later in life, as well as increased feelings of security through time associated with parents or other loved ones. How can we integrate reading into our everyday life? How can we encourage our children to get excited about books and reading? While we know it’s best, finding answers to these questions isn’t always easy.

importance of reading

Although the AAP suggests before your child is six months old, it can be difficult to read to a child that young can be challenging. When my son was so young, he enjoyed tearing the pages of the book I was reading while sitting on my lap. If I read to him while he was in bed, he would be upset that I wasn’t holding him. From eight months to a year it got even more difficult when the side tearing became easier and fun for him. It became even more frustrating for me when he accepted her as an invitation to get up in his crib and start dancing. The trick seems to be to keep trying. When I was frustrated, I walked out of the room, but tried again the next day. Eventually his relationship with reading developed so that it now calmed him down before bed and during the day he made sure I read it every page without the destructive tearing.

In order to be able to consistently implement the reading time, it is important that you enjoy the activity. Your children, even at a young age, will be able to tell if you don’t like to read in front of them. I suggest that in the first few months before your child starts to record the stories, to read things that you find interesting. I got a lot of flak for reading an anthology of social experiments on my son, but it seemed to work for us. When he started to focus more on his surroundings, the books were focused on him, but while he was just a sleeping bitch, I read what interested me. Note: There is a phase between when you can read something and when children start to follow the action. During this time, it can be the most fun to read nursery rhymes and other stories where your child can enjoy the gentle flow of language.

how to develop reading habit

If you keep story time as fun time it will be easy to continue as your child gets older. Our two-year-old asks for stories several times a day. He wants to be read by everyone who is part of his life. By making it a consistently positive experience, we have made reading a path he likes to connect with loved ones. I am always amazed at his ability to memorize long stories after just a few reads. Books have even become a lever when we need him to work together: we can’t read a story until he puts his toys down. It is wonderful when one good thing is encouragement for the other.

Reading to our children is a wonderfully enriching experience for our children and for ourselves. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that we start reading in front of our children every day before they reach the age of six months. With a little patience and creativity, it is possible to achieve this reading is important. Hold it even if your child doesn’t seem to be receptive. Make it funny: tell with different voices for each character and silly faces. Keep your child engaged by asking questions and giving them time to ask you about the story. If you make it a game and take pleasure from reading, it will be easier to continue this commitment period as the months and years pass, which is the best thing you can do for your child’s future. Check out article, How to Make Time to Read here.