Today, remind everyone you know to READ to the kids they love.
I know. . . you already know this. And chances are most of the people you remind already know it, too.
The problem is that in the busy, crazy reality of life we forget. We let other things take priority. We substitute learning apps and bedtime shows.
And that’s why the kids need the adults to keep on reminding each other.
We need to keep pushing each other. We need to keep helping each other make reading to our kids every single day a priority.
So, what better day than today?
Post it on facebook. Tweet it to the universe. Send an e-mail. Or maybe even say it face-to-face.
Let’s remind each other that time spent reading and talking about books is a gift, not just to our kids to but to ourselves.
Let’s remind each other that it’s one of the best investments we can make in a child’s brain, his vocabulary, and his likelihood of success in school.
Let’s remind each other to snuggle up and read every day – and not just to preschoolers, but to babies and toddlers and school-aged children, too.
And while we’re at it, let’s remind each other that if we have unread children’s books on our shelves, books that our own children or grandchildren have outgrown, we should consider giving them away.
- Match them up with a new family.
- Visit a neighbor with children and offer them.
- Donate them to a neighborhood school, clinic waiting room, church, or charity.
- Take them to family reunion and let everyone go through them.
Sharing books will give us a great opportunity to remind the people in our lives of the value of reading to our children.
Let’s remind each other that time spent reading to the kids in our lives not only feeds their brains, their understanding of the world, and their love of books, but it feeds their need for positive attention and interaction with the people they love. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a thing!
We already know it. But today, let’s remind each other anyway.
Read aloud to the kids you love. It matters.
Medical research to back it up: Reading To Children Causes Brain Activity In Areas Essential To Language Development