“A home without books is a body without soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jackie Kennedy
Reading aloud to your children is one of the best things you can ever do for them. Love them, discipline them, and read good books to them – and they won’t break your hearts when they get older. Read to them from the time they’re born until they leave the house. Read before bed, after lunch, in the morning, any chance you get. Read with expression and enthusiasm, not like it’s a drag. There are many good reasons to read aloud to your children, but in my experience, these are the top 5.
Reading aloud to your children . . .
. . . encourages brain development, especially for toddlers.
. . . enhances vocabulary and communication skills.
. . . teaches valuable life lessons without the pain that sometimes comes with personal experience.
. . . instills a lifelong love of books.
. . . allows for beautiful moments of parent-child bonding and provides sweet memories down the road.
Some of my sweetest memories are of listening to my mama read books to my brothers and sisters and me when we were kids. No matter how often she did, it was always a treat when she would read stories to us. Even as an adult, I loved listening to her read. She would always do different voices for different characters, especially when reading picture books. My mama and daddy raised a houseful of well-rounded, intelligent kids (despite our best efforts to the contrary), and I firmly believe a big part of that can be attributed to good books. Why not do the same for your children?
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