If you have more than one child, try to spend some time reading alone with each child, especially if they’re more than 2 years apart. Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile.

You may go through a period when your child favors one book and wants it read night after night. It is not unusual for children to favor a particular story, and this can be boring for mom and dad. Keep in mind, however, that a favorite story may speak to your child’s interests or emotional needs. Be patient. Continue to expose your children to a wealth of books and eventually they will be ready for more stories.

10 Benefits of Reading to Your Child

  1. A stronger relationship with you
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Basic speech skills
  4. The basics of how to read a book
  5. Better communication skills
  6. Mastery of language
  7. More logical thinking skills
  8. Acclamation to new experiences
  9. Enhanced concentration and discipline
  10. The knowledge that reading is fun

Never forget that as a parent, you have the power to boost your children’s learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives. Plus, there are not many things that rate higher on the “feel good” meter than spending quality time with your child! Don’t let the busyness of your day keep you from making it happen.