Why The Bed Time Story Is One of The Best Times of the Day
I love reading, so it is inevitable that I should love to read to my children too. When my son was born I couldn’t wait until he was old enough to sit on my lap so that we could read a story together. We read every night without fail. It is very, very rare for us not to have story and that is usually because we have been out for the day and I have put him to sleep elsewhere.
Earlier in the year there was a news story that 1 in 3 parents no longer read to their children before bedtime. This is of a sample of a 1000 parents, and a lot of this seems to be down to the stresses of modern day life – home late from work, daily commute etc.
This makes me so honestly sad, because the bed time story is one of the special times of the day for us. It’s a time of relaxation, cuddling and bonding. I know the the work/life juggle can be an intense time, but surely parents can spare 10 minutes for a story?
Here are ten reasons why I love to read with my children:
- It’s great for bonding and of course cuddles.
- It encourages a love of reading.
- It makes children’s imaginations bloom and opens them up to amazing new worlds.
- It’s relaxing and is a great part of their bedtime routine.
- It’s fun and often the reason for many giggles in our household.
- You can try different things with it like silly voices and puppets.
- My children love it and it can be used as a reward for good behaviour – for example for being so good today you can have two stories at bedtime.
- It can be used to educate children about issues they are facing in their lives. There are great books on potty training, becoming a sibling and when we had problems with my son running off when out and about, I bought a book to make him understand how dangerous this could be and it really did help.
- It’s nostalgic. I love sharing with my children stories that I loved as a little girl. I cannot wait until they are old enough for Roald Dahl and The Worst Witch. I will enjoy reading them all over again and seeing the adventures through their eyes.
- Children’s books aren’t just fun for children. While there are some stories I actually am not a fan of – I’m looking at you We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, there are some that are funny and lovely and I enjoy reading them and of course looking at the beautiful illustrations that we don’t get in adult books.
What about you, do you love to read to your children?