Reading time with children should always be a fun time for you and them. Have you thought about it also being a time to show your child your love? When was the last time that you put your child in your lap and actually read to him/her? This quote from Emile Buchwald is very touching to me. Generally, children learn the love of reading from their parents. They observe their parents reading. Their parents spend time reading to them. But, actually taking your child and sitting your child on your lap to read is extremely loving and personal. It is saying to your child “I love you so much that I want to share this special time and book with you and build a loving relationship while we do it.”
Twenty years from now – what do you want your child to remember of the childhood years? A mom or dad who were too busy to sit down and read a book to and with them? Or a mom and dad who intentionally set aside time for the child to make the child feel loved and important? Create memories now and build a reader while you are doing it.
Author Soraya Diase Coffelt