Happy are the times when your child transforms from crawling to walking to running, and to jumping around. As the child grows physically there is also the importance of reading books for his mental development. Let’s get some insight into that.
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The development of a child involves a series of changes in speech, physical appearances, emotional reactions and psychological abilities that run through from when one is born to the early stages of adulthood. The geeks or rather the elite minds know the importance of reading books and that is why their great minds are always consulted whenever there is an arising concern. Parents with growing toddlers should be aware of the importance of books for children. Good books can act as best toys for 2 year old!
Nonetheless, despite that parents have a part to play in ensuring that their kids have both comfortable exercise sessions and undistracted study times, a child’s progress is determined by a couple of issues as well. The most effective aspect that influences the brain capability of a young one is the genes of the parents that are passed on to them. This means that if your parents have great minds then definitely you’ll excel in class with less hassle but if your parents were a bit weak in studies then you’re probably going to struggle in class.
Impacts of Books on Children
In case you’re wondering why part of your toddler’s shopping should include books then this is the right place to be. Well basically we know that books contain lots of information in them but why are they important to kids?
1. Strengthening the Family’s Bond
Quick question first, who wouldn’t sleep soundly to a good bedtime story? After your child has put on his pajamas, brushed his teeth and lied in bed, the next usual thing to do before the good night forehead kiss is a bedtime story right? Whenever you go through the pages of a book with your kid you initiate a special bond for both of you. While reading a book, your child might become hyper and start to ask questions concerning the story in the process.
Specific stories and these moments are ones that a toddler will cherish for decades. Surprisingly, these bonds are so strong that you’ll find parents and their children out there having a unique way of greeting, a particular mantra, some sayings and ‘acting sessions’ that are related to the stories they’ve read together. Such a tradition ends up being passed from one generation to the other because of the significance that it brings.
2. Boosts Your Child’s Word-Game
Another importance of books is that they carry a host of terminologies. Well, an average kid is usually exposed to usual vocabulary that he hears around conversations or ones taught in school. Enjoying an interesting story with your toddler opens his mind up to a whole new universe full of alien words. Writings contain several terms that your kid is not familiar with and reading a book with him can be of great benefit to their life in general. Words within the stories can captivate your child and if called upon for an explanation you have to step in to tell your child the meaning and how to use it while communicating. Still, wondering why other kids ace in essays?
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3. For Emotional Support
Children deal with different stuff in their day to day lives; bullying, shaming, adolescence, peer pressure, etc. These experiences can lead to different conditions such as loss of self-esteem, trauma, and depression. There are books for everything out there and when your child shares with you their situations, reading a book together of the same might help solve the issue at hand. For example when a young lady starts getting her menses and is shocked and confused at the same time, reading a book about the menstrual cycle can help her understand what they mean, why they happen and how to handle them.
4. Improves Brain Capacity and Focus
Without a doubt, a child used to reading books from a tender age is most likely to top the class in terms of academics. The importance of picture books in education is that they can expand the imagination of kids and also increases their ability to think critically. The attributes that enjoying a book brings upon a child is efficient communication skills and a wider scope of knowledge. Similarly, sticking to a particular piece of writing helps a child to focus well and that is an important skill required in our day to day life e.g. driving a car.
Reading books with your child is something very important in his upbringing. Apart from knowing of its importance, finding the right books for your child is also important. Do you read books with your child? What impact has it made? Which is your child’s favorite book? Leave us a comment!
Elizabeth is a mother of two and a lecturer by profession. She enjoys reading books with her children and this has helped her know their area of interest while strengthening their bond. It has been a tradition that she decided to pass on to her children from her father. During her free time, she enjoys picnics with the family and writing in her blog Top-Mom about everything