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Reading for bonding, imagination, relaxation, growth and development
Reading is so important as an activity for children whatever their age and the younger they start the better.
We always do bedtime story and Lilia and I read several books a day but as well as typical children’s books with pictures I also read novels , currently we are working our way through the Enid Blyton books.
Lilia is 5 but we’ve done this since she was a baby and in fact when I am in a clients home as a maternity nurse with newborns I read a novel to them from day 1 as part of their bedtime routine.
It exposes them to language, imagination, knowledge , inspiration , it enhances their concentration, reading from a young age helps them learn how to read , reading helps you bond with your child in a great way , it literally exercises their brain in a way watching tv doesn’t.
I could probably list 100 or more benefits to children reading and listening to someone read to them. Especially today when electronics are so prevalent in children’s day to day lives if you can create them a lovely calm reading corner and fill it with books for them to explore alone and with you it’s probably one of the best things you can do for your child’s brain development. I’m very minimalistic when it comes to children’s lives, too much stuff overwhelms them hugely but I don’t think you can ever have too many books in the house. Make bedtime reading a habit, it helps relax the brain ready for bed and a gift they will use for the rest of their lives