We all know how important books and reading are to our children, but there are some hidden benefits you might not have realised.
Author and Mom, Candice Noakes-Dobson, who writes the A Little Horse Called Pancakes Book Collection, shares some of the hidden benefits of reading with your child that she has discovered.
It helps to build a stronger bond between you and your child, and gives them a sense of closeness and well-being that will help them feel more loved, which in turn helps them to learn more
This closeness also helps children build a positive association with reading, which helps foster a love of books and reading as they grow older.
It helps your child to calm down and fully relax
It helps to open communication lines with your child, helping them talk and open up to you
It helps to build listening skills and grow their imaginations
It helps to increase their attention spans which helps them to be able to concentrate for longer periods of time
It helps them to learn early thinking skills like understanding cause and effect, exercising logic, as well as thinking in abstract terms. They are also able to learn the consequences of actions, and the basics of what is right and wrong.
It can help your child through a stressful situation by reading them a story about a character going through what they are going through and seeing how they are able to overcome it.
Many studies have shown that children who do well at school were all read to as young children, so you will help have a positive influence on their learning abilities.
Reading to your child helps them to become a lifelong reader!!