How reading to your child is beneficial, and prepares them for adult life.

When my kids were little, I would go to the library and check out many books and read to them. I loved having the library as a free resource. I loved reading to my little children. It made us close, and we learned at the same time. It create a strong bond between us, and they still remember it.

It paid off as well. My first born is 92nd percentile in reading in her school district and 83rd in her state test. She is excelling in school. I am so proud.

You can even start reading to your child in the womb, at 30 weeks, and your infant will still reap benefits. This teaches your little one to begin to recognize speech patterns and start to develop language skills.

Here are the list of benefits of reading to your child age 0 to 12 years of age.

  • Reading to your infant teaches your baby phonics, and sparks language development. It also teaches them social skills and emotional awareness. It teaches baby about communication, how to listen, and begins their vocab awareness.
  • Toddlers: Jump starts their speech, and language development. It teaches them about the world around them. The first three years of child development are the most important. Reading to your toddler is very beneficial for their development. It may help them learn to communicate better, and have less tantrums!
  • Preschoolers: Reading to these little ones, expands their vocabulary, speech, teaches them to concentrate, and teaches them about the world around them. They feel close and secure to their caregiver who is reading to them. This intimacy helps them grow smarter. Reading to your preschooler sets a foundation for a positive attitude towards reading as they grow. When you read to your child, they will want to try to start reading on their own! This helps them get ready for school.
  • Reading to your school aged child. They will no doubt be taught these skills in school, but you can make it fun. This is beneficial for them. Reading helps them learn critical skills for making decisions, including coping mechanisms. They will need these skills in life later on! It helps them learn to concentrate, which is great for ADHD. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, but now she is excelling. Reading out loud to your child builds writing skills, and vocab skills. It teaches about emotions and creates a sense of empathy in your child. It helps your child better express their self verbally, which goes far in the real world when they are employed. It can spark new interests, and hobbies. It can help your child decide what to study in College, and be when they grow up. It helps your child learn right from wrong, because it builds thinking skills. Reading to your child builds lifelong readers.  Reading to your child is very beneficial. It gives your child a head start in life, and teaches them skills that benefit them in their adult life, such as making decisions and coping! Research proves reading to your child has long term benefits.

 

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Reflecting on the past decade, how much have I changed?

A decade ago I was 27 years old. I had a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I was a living a sweet life as a stay at home Mom, and a housewife. I spent my days spending all my time with my family. I would take my babies to the zoo, children’s museum, the park, the library, you name it. I was immensely blessed to be able to do this. They had plenty opportunity to develop and learn. I read to them at night. I miss this. I would work out 5 days a week, eat healthy, and was in tip top shape. Now I do not have time for this!

Now I have a soon to be 14 year old, and an 11 year old. I am working full time, in assisted living as a caregiver. I’m almost done with debt consolidation.

I am learning how to raise a preteen and a teenager, (daughters’). They are very intelligent and strong willed. They need to have a lot of freedom and choice, and keep busy. They are just like me.
This decade, by being a working Mom, and especially as a caregiver, I have grown so much.

I have learned to be more assertive, and not let people walk all over me. My social skills have defiantly improved. I have learned a lot about life by taking care of other people when they are in their last moments of life. I have learned how to deal with grief as well.
I have learned as a working Mom, how to detach from my job, and spend time with my kids. This is not easy. I have learned how to balance married, kids, and work.

I have learned how to take care of my health. I am around sick people all the time! I learned to eat healthy, exercise, and take supplements. I’ve had pneumonia twice since I have been a caregiver. I am sure my immune system is super strong, because I am around sick people constantly. At work, and sometimes my kids bring home sickness as well.

I have learned how to better manager my asthma by exercise like jogging, hiking and swimming to keep my lungs strong, and to remember to take my inhaler before exercise.

I have grown in my marriage. I now understand my husband, who he is and why he does what he does. I can predict what he will say and do usually. We’ve been together for a long time. We know how to communicate and work our problems out.

I have grown in my walk with God. He has seen me through a lot, and has been there for me when I didn’t expect it. He has always provided for me when I didn’t expect His providence.

I have learned how to budget, and not to apply for 10 credit cards and use them all to the max limit. I learned that lesson the hard way! I learned how to frugally shop for clothes and food. I have realized I really need to save for retirement.

I have learned how to manage anxiety and depression. I learned to relax and breathe, and to tell myself that I am OK when I’m having a panic attack. I have learned to get outside in the sun and exercise, and seek social interaction with positive people when I am down, and how to utilize mental help through my health care provider.

I have learned a lot of maintaining cars. Oil changes, alignment, fluid levels, snow tires, and so on.

I am still living in the same house, which was my Grandmother’s house. I am still married to the same man, on Valentines Day, we will be together for 17 years.

I have learned a lot about people, that we all are a lot alike, and go through the same things. I am more open, and not shy, with the right people that is.
I’ve learned to recognize manipulation, and so on.

I am getting older and wiser. I have white hairs now to prove this, as I reach my 40’s. My back hurts bad sometimes as well!!!! 😀

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