Read to your baby for a better life

A few years ago, a principal of a state school told me they routinely had first year

Flynn can’t get enough of ‘Great Galloping Galoot’

students arrive at the school who had never seen a book. Never seenone, let alone read one. I almost cried.

“If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent – and every adult caring for a child – read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.” (Mem Fox, world-famous children’s author)

Look, I was going to write a whole academic, well-researched and authoritative post on why reading to babies is so important. But you know what? Loads of other people have proven over and over how important it is so I don’t need to say it again. And all you have to do is look at a baby with a book and you can see it for yourself. Flynn is never more excited than when one of us opens up a book and begins to read. He grabs for the pages, his eyes turn to saucers, he ooo’s and ahh’s and kicks his legs. He’s utterly enthralled.

And when we recently had a screaming four-month-old baby in the car on a whole day’s car trip the other day, belive me, we were very, very grateful for the rapt attention and distraction and enjoyment that having one of us sit in the back and read a book to him brought.Actually, we read to Flynn before he was born so it’s probably no surprise he loves stories so much. Look, if you need some technical, scientific evidence and the like about the value and necessity of reading, you can have a look here and here. And if you’re raising boys, it’s well worth doing your research on boys and literacy and the extra special importance of demonstrating reading with them to improve their literacy levels.

Read, read, read. What could be more fun? 🙂


One comment on “Read to your baby for a better life

  1. Jae says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. It’s nice to have the science behind it, but you don’t need it if you’ve ever been around kids. They get a better vocabulary, they begin to understand the idea of seeing and saying something at the same time, and most importantly it’s great bonding time for parent and child! In fact a recent forum I attended, the family development specialist said even if you’re a single parent who can’t spend much time with your kids, if you always have the rituals (and mentioned reading as an especially good one) they’ll still a balance of love. There’s a little girl in my neighborhood who can read very, very well even though she’s only 4 yrs old. I’m certain her mom spent lots of time with her reading.

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