No App can Replace Your Lap. Why you Need to Read to Your kids!

Smartphone apps have taken over the world. If you don’t remember what time you fed your child, check your breastfeeding app. And if you forgot to lock your door, all you have to do is grab your phone and hit a few keys. The benefits are certainly evident in the plethora of time and sanity saving mobile applications. Children especially are drawn to smart devices and can operate them with amazing accuracy and speed. Many enjoy playing games, watching videos or even reading. However, no app can replace you. So put aside your phone (or tablet) and reach for a book and your child!

Studies have shown that reading aloud to your child stimulates brain development. The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to start this practice on a daily basis, beginning in infancy.  Not only does it help you build a lasting bond with the child you are reading to, but it boosts their self-esteem. Research shows that children who read, or who are read to, develop better social and language skills and they score higher on test grades.

It is never too late to start. Older children might balk at the idea of reading together but chances are, they will overcome any initial reserve once they recognize the enjoyment of dual reading. Let your child pick the book, and make sure to ask open ended questions about the plot, characters or setting. Depending on the child’s age, you can take turns reading together.

Set aside at least 15 minutes a day to share a story today?


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