The joys and Tribulations of Childcare

A collection of articles written by mothers about their own experiences of raising children.

Reading Together

One of the most important activities that you can do with your children is to read to them. From the day your baby comes home from the hospital, it's best to read to your child at least once every single day until the time that they are old enough to read by themselves. If you can't read everyday, than still read to them as often as you can. When they are old enough to read to themselves, you can have them read out loud to you sometimes, or your whole family can spend time together reading separately. If you can schedule a time everyday, like right before bed time, to read together, it helps create a bonding routine that you all can enjoy.

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The Benefits Of Reading To Your Child

Reading is a great benefit for a child of any age's development. Reading helps to promote the creativity within your child. Unlike with television, books only provide images and the listener must create their own images. Your child's imagination will be cultivated from the stories that they hear. Additionally, hearing stories will help promote your child's vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.

There are Social benefits Too

Reading together is an important bonding activity that the whole family can enjoy. If you have more than one child, you can read with all of them at once, or take turns, if your children do not want to be read the same book. It's never too early to start reading to your child. Even newborn babies will get the enjoyment of hearing your voice. As they grow, your children can look back to the memories of the time that you spent reading together.

Deciding On the right book

It is best to read age appropriate books to your child. Your child will find it easier to understand the themes and vocabulary, rather than being lost and unsure about the meaning of the story. If your child's reading comprehension is developing quicker than the average child's, than it is okay to start looking at more advanced books. Also, there is nothing wrong with reading the same book multiple times. If your child has found a favorite book than it is likely that there is something, like a heroine or theme, that your child feels connected to. If your child wants to keep hearing the same story, there is a good possibility that they will be able to take something away from it.

Letting your child pick The Books

A great activity for the day would be to take your child to the library and let them pick out which book they would like to read the best. Being surrounded by books can help your child feel connected to the written word. Even if you have a busy lifestyle, try to read as often as can to your child. A lot of children's stories have very positive morals and lessons that your child can take with them for their whole life. You and your child will surely never regret the time that you spent reading together.


Please be aware that the articles on this site are written by mothers who are discussing their own experiences and their own opinions. They do not, and are not meant to, represent professional advice and should be read with that point firmly in mind.

Our children’s welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the slightest doubt about any aspect of caring for a child you are urged to seek qualified, specialist advice from a professional advisor.

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