Why is Reading to Children is Important?
Reading to children yields numerous health and social benefits.
MedicineNet distributes health and medical information provided by doctors via various newsletters. The featured article in the Children’s Health and Parenting newsletter for April 7, 2018, was about reading to your children.
The article begins:
“Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests.”
Reinberg, Steven. *Reading to Your Kids Might Boost Their Social Skills. ~ MedicineNet*, MedicineNet, Inc., 7 Apr. 2018, www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=211358&ecd=mnl_chp_040918.
Reading to Children is New?
A new study? Reading to children is certainly nothing new. I thought that the benefits derived from reading to a child were or are so well-known that one would not think a “new study” would be necessary.
But there have been so many write-ups and reports about the negative and even damaging effects of technology on children, especially how tech toys and tools adversely impact their social skills and how they don’t know how to behave among real people because they have become accustomed to a virtual reality.
I am guessing that pediatricians and others who participated in this study thought it was needful to show proof of the positive behavioral impact that results from reading to children. 675 families took part in a program which ran from birth to age 3 where the adult caretakers read (and also played) with the children.
The children were evaluated 18 months later after the program had ended and it turns out they were well-behaved and paid attention. It is said that they maintained the behavior and attention skills they gained during the program.
Why a Surprise?
Not sure why anybody would be surprised at the results of the study.
Also not sure why anybody needed to be convinced that reading to a child has an extremely positive impact on their psychological, emotional and social development.
~ If you are a parent or grandparent or someone tasked with the responsibility of caring for young children (infants and toddlers), do you read to the children?
~ If you don’t, do you at least supply them with books and encourage them to read?
Should you decide to read to your young children or make books available to them, I recommend Dr. Seuss books.
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