Everyone can agree that reading with children is beneficial to their cognitive and language development. Often less recognized is the importance it plays on parenting and child behavior. In the last year, various studies have shown that parents who read with their children are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and their children are less aggressive, less hyperactive, and more focused in their attention.
Not only does sitting close together reinforce the emotional parent-child bond, but it shows an interest in being present with and for your child. This bond makes it more likely that parent and child are more attuned to each other and less likely to behave in harmful ways.
And, oh yeah, the stories read together can also provide social-emotional growth. Perhaps the most amazing findings are that these benefits last into the school years and provide the solid foundation children need for a successful educational experience. This month we have some suggestions of how to read together with your child, so you’re both on your best behavior. 😉