With my first child, I wanted to do everything perfect. I initially read to her every chance I got, until my second daughter was born. It became hard to focus on reading to both of my children. One of them either wasn’t interested, or they just weren’t on the same learning level.
As they get older, closer, and comfortable with each other, it’s much easier to read to the both of them. My daughters are now three and one years old – they are capable of sitting together, concentrating, and focusing on what’s being taught to them.
They are still toddlers of course! By all means, it’s not always easy to get their attention. Be thankful when they can eventually sit through at least one book. It will get easier with practice and patience! Don’t ever give up, here’s three reasons why:
Calm Down Time
Your toddler has a lot of energy and is probably begging you to put on Treehouse or Peppa Pig on Netflix. It’s okay once in a while to put cartoons on to help distract them while you clean up… not!
It isn’t healthy because it zones them out and increases the risk of a short attention span. Not to mention, it’s highly addicting. I’ve learned that the best way to get my children to calm down is to have a routine before bedtime that consists of bath time, brushing teeth, putting on pyjamas, book reading, and then sleepy time.
Reading helps your child concentrate and absorb information. It allows them to relax and settle down into a comfortable state. It gets their brains working, the wheels turning, and before you know it they will fall fast asleep.
When you read to your child, you get to sit down and get cozy while creating a special bond without even realizing it. Just like when they were a baby in your arms, you can still have that closeness by reading to them in a comfy chair, on the couch, or nestled cozily into bed.
They will feel comfortable and safe. When your child becomes interested in reading, they will actually start to bring you books and ask you to read to them. It’s that heart melting moment that no parent can refuse. They want to share their special experience with you.
We are their role models and when they hear our voice reading out loud to them, they become eager to do the same, looking up to us as their teacher. As a matter of fact, it should get parents off of social media and ultimately spending quality time with their kids.
One of the most significant benefits of reading to your child is the propensity for learning in general. Studies have found that reading to a toddler before preschool will help them excel in all aspects of their future education.
Between ages 2 and 3, toddlers experience a growth spurt in language skills. They will understand your commands and will put together phrases and sentences. On average, a 2 year old knows about 50 words, and by the age of 3 their vocabulary is 200 or more.
It’s exciting when we can communicate easily with them as they begin to tell stories. Reading is so important when preparing their speech, social skills, listening skills and attentiveness. Language is the foundation for all other subjects that will be taught in school. You will help your child get a head start just by reading to them at least one book each day.
Right now, I read to my children as often as I can. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in their speech development, expressions, and eagerness to learn more.
It’s such a crucial time in a toddler’s life when their brains are developing. As a parent, you may not have all the time in the world to sit down with your child and that’s okay. A little bit goes a long way.
How often do you read to your child? Do you have a goal to read more? Let me know about your experience in the comments below!