The Importance of Reading to Our Children

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I was born into a family of writers and linguists, and I grew up surrounded by books and manuscripts. Reading and writing was a part of our family life. On weekends, my father would take us to a bookstore so we could browse books, and buy one or two to read during the week. On school nights, I read under the covers with a flashlight, and got lost in the pages of A Little Princess or the Nancy Drew series. A shy child, I would read during recess. Books were my friends.

When I grew up, I became a published author before I was a mom. Seventeen titles and two beautiful girls later, books still rule my life. When I was pregnant with each of my children, I would read out loud to them, and after they were born I read to them while they nursed. As they grew up and watched me write at my desk, I would allow them to play with the volumes in my library. I figured that if they got used to playing with books, they would eventually be good readers.

The result of so many hours reading to my children throughout the years is that, at 11 and 9 respectively, they both read -- and read a lot -- for fun as well as for school. Since I telecommute, if I need to work when they have downtime, we go to the local bookstore or library, and I write or edit while they read. Usually we come out of the bookstore with a purchase or two. My kids know I find it hard to say not to buying a book, whether a hard copy or in digital format.

Mom reading to Isabelle

If you are a busy mom, I’m sure you are bone tired by the end of the day and find it hard to get motivated to read to your children. Perhaps you can’t even find time to read for your own enjoyment. But just as with exercise, any family time spent reading is better than none. Reading 15-20 minutes with your children every evening may not seem like much. But it will help your children develop a love of reading, and this will likely result in academic and personal success.

Even when I’m exhausted at the end of a long workday, I always cuddle with my kids to read. Before, I read out loud to them, and now we each read our own book and perhaps make a comment out loud. It’s our “girl time.”

In order to help you find 15-20 minutes a day to read to your kids, I encourage you to take the Mamiverse Reads pledge and share it with your friends and family.

An avid reader will never be bored or uninformed. Let's help our children learn to love books, while we carve out some much-needed bonding time in our fast-paced lives.

 

Lorraine C. Ladish

Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse 

Photo Credit: bgreenlee.

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