Growing up, I remember counting down the days until the next Harry Potter book was released. I’d gather around with friends, run around yelling ‘Expecto Patronum,’ and rewatch the movies. The Harry Potter universe turned my world into one filled with wonder and creativity. Nowadays, our children are more excited about learning a new TikTok dance or watching an aguacate dance on a black screen on the TV.
Although I enjoy these things as much as they do and interests change with each generation, it is essential to encourage our children to read. Reading takes them to a different world where they can be imaginative and put themselves in the shoes of other characters. This will open their mind and be more receptive to learning.
I know that sometimes it may be easier just to hand your children the iPad so that you may have 5 minutes of silence, but here are some reasons why you should encourage your children to read.
Develop Language Skills
Exposing our children to reading from a young age helps better prepare them for their school years. Even if they may not fully understand you, you are essentially setting the foundation for them to comprehend written and spoken language.
Encouraging them to read will help them grow their vocabulary, identify diverse ways of communicating, and learn how to express their thoughts and emotions. Remember, we want our children to speak and express themselves properly, too.
It is the creative minds that become innovative individuals and professionals of the future. Encouraging our children to read gives them a first look at diverse worlds, cultures, and perspectives.
It broadens their mind and allows them to approach things with a different outlook. Having imagination develops problem-solving skills and helps us come up with great ideas. Reading will help our children think outside the box and set them up for success.
In this world filled with technology, it seems that we all have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time, opting to scroll endlessly through social media instead of stimulating our minds. I can be the first to admit that sometimes I do not want to think, so I explore the Gram and fall asleep with the same Tik Tok video playing over and over again (sorry, kids).
But, this habit of mine comes from the difficulties of motherhood and adulthood. I was a child who loved to read, and it allowed me to focus and do well in school. Reading requires you to fully concentrate and place your attention on what you are reading so that you may fully understand what you are reading. Reading gives children the skills to tune out external distractions, and you better believe this will help them for years to come.
In the end, reading is a skill that sets us up for success from a very young age.