There are several things in life that I am immensely grateful for. For this wonderful life, for my loved ones, for the innumerable blessings and a hundred other reasons. One of them which I consider so precious is that my parents raised me as a lover of words, books and all things imaginary and fictitious. Books have hence been my constant companions, with me through the ups and downs. And being a mother now, what I wish for my son is that he fall in love with words and the smell of books too.
As he nears his third birthday, I can happily say that he is indeed a lover of books 🙂 It is an absolute pleasure to see the little one sit down patiently, place the book in his lap, browse through the pictures and writings with much interest and demand stories to be told. In an age of YouTube videos and animation movies, it is a great relief seeing him show an equal interest in reading books as well. And it definitely makes me happy and proud as a mother. Because often, books turn out to be the best teachers.
Am pretty sure you have heard a gazillion times about the importance of reading to kids and why you should make time for reading. It quickens his speech skills, enhances concentration, gives them mastery over the language and other similar reasons. But more than learning alphabets, sounds and words, books also teach them of love, of compassion, of being kind and empathetic.
If you’re a parent you would know how kids blindly and totally believe their parents. You tell them you are Superman, then YOU ARE SUPERMAN, well, at least for them 😀 At such an age when they imbibe and grasp things so quick and smart, it is important you introduce to them good thoughts and values. You can make them responsible citizens of tomorrow by teaching them of self esteem, of acceptance, of respecting the differences, of helping other people etc. This definitely doesn’t mean forcing things onto them and making them think in ways you want them to. Books come to help here. By reading to them appropriate books, you present to them various situations and circumstances, making them understand things and react to those situations wisely. It helps them gain confidence and realize the truly important things in life. As the saying goes, A child who reads will be an adult who thinks wisely.
Each book should be an adventure; a pleasurable journey for them, stretching out their imagination, taking them to new worlds beyond the stories. Let the stories be funny or explicitly crazy. Let them relate to the situations and learn from them. You are sure to give them their best life lessons and the most wonderfully happy childhood memories.