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- Children Learn Emotional Expression
Just about everyone can appreciate the importance of reading and can understand the value that reading brings to our daily lives. We are bombarded by words at every turn, and we all probably read more words in a day than we are even aware. From billboards to work documents to labels on food packages, reading is an essential part of our lives. Of all of the many things that adults read during the day, one of the most important and probably the most underrated type of reading that adults participate in is reading to their children. This is especially true of bedtime stories. Bedtime stories are an important part of a child’s nightly routine, and parents should make every effort to make bedtime reading a top priority.
As the child reaches for the same book again the parent cringes at the thought of having to read this book one more time. Parents may wonder why their child has not grown tired of this book. Even though the child may have a great number of books from which to choose, he or she may choose the same book every night. The reason for this is that children need repetition. Repetition makes them feel safe and secure, and repetition at night in the form of their favorite bedtime story helps the child to feel comfortable and relaxed. When the child feels comfortable and relaxed sleep comes more easily. While the parent may still have to read the same bedtime story over and over again, they could make it a little more interesting by adding their own twist to the story or parents could have the child participate in the story by filling in words or creating his or her own version of the story. The important part of this nightly repetition is helping the child feel safe and protected.
Not only does reading to children at night help them feel safe and secure, but it also establishes a stronger bond or connection between the parent and child. Children appreciate the uninterrupted one-on-one time that stories at bedtime bring. As children grow older they will remember these times spent with their parents and cherish these sweet and precious memories. Through bedtime stories, parents establish the importance of reading in the minds of their youngsters by showing their children that reading is fun and enjoyable. Children’s imaginations and creativity are challenged and expanded through reading. There are many, many benefits to reading to one’s children, and parents should take this task as seriously as they take any other.
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