In todays tough economy, it can be hard for a working parent to find time to even tuck their children into bed, let alone find the time to read to them. More and more parents are finding it neccesary to go back to work, leaving them little time with their children.
However, setting aside at least ten minuets a day to read to your child can bring not only the two of you closer, it can provide a relaxing diversion from the stress of everyday life. Take into mind these steps, and then you’ll be ready for quality time with your special little one.
1) set aside at least 10-15 minuets every day for “quality time with your children”
Even just knowing that their parent is willing to make time for them helps children feel special and less likely to be so tempramental.
2)Choose a special spot to read with your child, almost like a “reading hideaway” for just you and your child(ren) to enjoy. Suggest putting fluffy pillows in a corner, or offer to make a tent out of kitchen chairs and blankets.
Having a special enviroment to read in offers a sense of excitement for the child(ren) and adds to the feelings of being that much more special.
3)Have your child(ren) help you pick out a book to read together.
Not only does this add to your child feeling important, it also helps them find a book that is well within their reading capabilities, and isn’t too difficult for them to understand, or to enjoy.
4)For older children, or those learning to read, offer to take turns reading a few pages at a time.
This helps them expand their reading and vocabulary skills, and is a fun way for them to show off just what they can do.
Listening to your child read offers you not only quality time together, but also gives you a fun way to de-stress while enjoying a good story in the company of your child(ren)