How Reading To Your Child Builds The Parent-Child Relationship and Adds Benefits
by Susie E. Caron © 11/5/2014
Everybody is busy. I get that. However, there is nothing more important for you and your child, than to build a strong, healthy parent-child relationship. Reading to your child every day helps to build it in ways that no other activity can do.
Why is building this relationship so important?
There is no other job, career, employment, or activity on earth that rises above the importance of this relationship. Your children are the future of our society and our world. Spending time with them, learning of them and teaching them what you believe in helps them grow to become responsible citizens and healthy contributors to society.
A good relationship grows when you spend time together, listen to one another, and share an activity you both enjoy. Other elements such as healthy physical contact, eye contact, smiling, laughing, and talking are also features of good relationships. Reading together provides all these and more benefits.
How Does Reading Help Develop A Strong Parent-Child Relationship?
Reading with your child provides a quiet closeness and intimacy that helps to build a healthy relationship with you. Reading books together helps you to know each other better. Daily reading with your child offers opportunities for you to better understand your child’s inner-self, thought, feelings, attitudes and interests. If you really want to know and delight in the wonders of your child’s uniquely individual way of being and view the world, this is a great way to do it.
Reading together also creates conversation between you and your child. Reading, cuddling and quiet time allows a closeness and nurturing as well as opportunity to learn about your child and to teach new things. What you read with your children can influence them in positive ways because you can teach them without feeling like it’s work to them. Reading together is special in itself, and it also benefits you both.
How does all this help my children and me?
Children who are read to regularly develop a stronger bond with their parents and deep love for books and for leaning about the world they live in. When you spend time reading to your child, it helps you to feel good about your child, yourself and your parenting. Being quiet together, hugging, talking, and sharing can make you more aware of your child and grow a deeper appreciation for his/her uniqueness, creativity, intelligence and other qualities.
Your child benefits as well with a better relationship with you by feeling more secure, loved and valued. These contribute to building their self-confidence, independence, and common sense, which helps them to navigate everyday life better, through decision making and even in conflicts. A good relationship with you, also produces incentive in your child for doing well in school and in activities. It fosters creativity, imagination and a desire to grow in ways that please you.
Spending time together and read is incredibly fun. Fun makes everyone feel better. All of this ultimately makes parenting much easier because a good relationship with your child also produces more cooperation. It’s a win-win situation for you and your child as a good relationship also makes it possible for you all to have more fun. So it's a wonderful thing to read together everyday and enjoy building a strong, healthy relationship that lasts a life time.
I hope you enjoyed this article and can use some of the information I share to develop a solid, healthy relationship with your children.
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Susie E. Caron
Susie E. Caron MA,
Author, Blogger, Podcaster,
Christian, Wife, & Mother, helps build parent-child relationships, 1 blog, book & podcast at a time.
Welcome! I recently retired from combined careers in teaching, psychotherapy, and parent coaching to spend more time writing.
When I'm not busy creating books or articles, you might find me looking for dark chocolate or riding my beautiful horse Apple in the woods and fields of Vermont.
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July 13 at 7:17pm ·
Just wanted to say that I love your posts about the different ways to connect/relate/understand your child. It has given me a new approach towards understanding my daughter and allowing HER to tell me how she feels instead of me suggesting to her how she should feel. Thanks Susie!