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Gift the reading habit

The habit of reading can be a lifetime gift for your child.  

Impressionable minds can be nurtured and molded in ways more than one. But books and the printed word are among the best tools used for reaching out to a child. Despite the deep penetrating reach of the visual media, books have a definite edge over other mediums of communication and entertainment. Child psychologists and counselors have often stressed the importance of the reading habit in modern-day children.

However, it is quite obvious that the book culture is on the decline. Parents need to resurrect this habit as it adds multiple dimensions to a child's growth.

  • As books are good portable friends, which have the potential of engaging a child's mind, they can broaden the sphere of experience. A quick read of the adventures of Sindbad, or Alibaba or Robin Hood transports the child to different worlds. He or she can relate to new and thrilling experiences, quite different from everyday happenings. The variety in the book reading is bound to reflect in the child's knowledge. 

  • Reading sharpens the thought processes of a child. It increases his or her attention span. It gives him the faculty of thinking and understanding.  

  • Language is a gift for a child and books give this gift in abundance. Reading a book aloud can be a good exercise not just for memorization but also for improvement of speech and vocabulary. Books trigger a child's imagination.

  • Bedtime reading is considered the best quality time spent with a kid. Psychiatrists feel that bedtime reading helps to build strong bonding with the child.

The printed word is not the sole reservoir of knowledge. Television, Internet and other modern audio-visual media also contribute to the child's growth. However, reading should compliment other mediums. Otherwise, it leads to lopsided development. Just consider these shocking statistics. A 1998 survey of American children showed that 54 per cent chose to watch television when given the options of either watching TV and being with parents. The average American child (between two to 11 years of age) spends around 1,197 minutes per week watching television. Closer home, Indian children fare no better than their American counterparts. Doctors have found that children suffered because of the habit of eating during television time. Children have missed exams and outdoor sports due to their favorite teleserials. TV time also takes its toll on children's eyesight.

It is never too late for your child to start reading. Preferably, catch the child young. Bring him other colorful books, so that reading becomes a favorite pastime. The parent has also got to read enough in order to become a model for the little one. And not to forget, family reading is the best way to grow. Ever remember your initial sessions with your grandma!

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Name: BrainSketch Solutions
Country: India

History is full of great leaders who were avid readers and writers. For example, Winston Churchill received his Nobel prize for literature, not peace ! The leadership benefits of reading are wide-ranging. Evidence suggests reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. Visit the blog to know more..http://br ainsketchsolut ions.blogspot. in/2012/08/rea ding-great-hab it-for-childre n-to.html
Name: Anjali
Country: india

my daughter loves reading. according to me even if the child does like reading, a parent must inculcate the habit of reading everyday in the child as it improves their vocabulary and also increases their concentraion power.
Name: anjali
Country: india

what about childer of 2-3 years ge group books
Name: vanitha
Country: malaysia

can somebody tell me where i can get these books i am from kuala lumpur , malaysia
Name: swati
Country: middleeast

i am residing in kuwait and want to know where can i get these books for my daughter of age 5.can i get them in british council library
Name: umasreedhar
Country: india

our children are fond of books.infact i myself started reading more books seeing them.
Name: D.Ramchandram
Country: india

yes, reading habit not only in children, but also in adults is on wane. one needs to cultivate habit of reading more books to be more knowledgeble and informative.
Name: Radhuramesh
Country: india

my younger son love to read books. but asks me to sit with him whenever he want to study, especially before he goes to sleep. but the problem is my work doesn't get completes that time and by the time i completes my work,he sleeps. i feel guilty. pl. advise.
Name: R
Country: india

how do i develop a good reading habit? i want to read books, but i get tired after few pages.....!
Country: india

undoubtly very clear. according to me books rae no harming freinds gofted to all. so, we should also keep on transmitting the same habit so that it beocmes first system and then habit and finally law. congratulation for such a nice idea. hva a rgood reading time with love aaaaa7 regard yogesh
Name: Lavender
Country: malaysia

in my opinion, reading is good habit as it gives us knowledge and at the same time we can improve our writing skill. encouraging children to read is the best way but to build reading habit is not easy! we as adult should make it as habit first!so, lets make reading as our lifestyle..
Name: win
Country: malaysia

my daughter loves reading, but not my son. he would rather play or watch disney channel than read books. they're 5 year-old twins. how do i get both of them to sit down together and do their reading at the same time? so that, it's easier for me to monitor their reading skills.
Name: arun menon p
Country: india

reading a wonder ful thing to all who enjoy it. but some fools dont like them.
Name: Rinku Bhate
Country: india

though i knew this but was not spending much reading time with my children in the night. tonight onwards i will!an eye opener!!
Name: A.Sumathi
Country: india

reading maketh a man. hence cultivating this habit is essential.
Name: Jabbar
Country: india

when u want to grow u need reading. b,coz reading is one way to learn thing. and it is easy also.
Name: asriema
Country: malaysia

i enjoy reading,since i'm 5 years i'l ready 20 years old.
Name: anne
Country: other

hi, i would like to add some idea about reading since this is my present study. yah i strongly agree that we need to motivate our child to read more books and also we have to give them a materials which us suit to thier level in order them to really appreciete what have they read. as author said "to read without reflecting is like the food without digesting.
Name: kenorama
Country: southafrica

i love reading.because when i read i have a very strong feeling telling me i am building a future for myself as well as my children.
Name: rakesh srivastava
Country: india

reading doesn't mean to enjoy at that moments .but also increase your knowledge and thinking ability.
Name: Basavalingayya
Country: india

no doubt, child improves its health, both physically and mentally, by reading habit. need of the hour is, parents should minimise their tv watching and cultivate themselves the habit of reading books, journals; and no need to say their child to follow it.
Name: Abrham Admite
Country: other

i like to play soccer and working with computers
Name: a.jenatun
Country: malaysia

i love reading! books are fun!
Name: Ramdhani
Country: indonesia

i don't like reading but i like praktek langsung, men!
Name: floxy
Country: ghana

reading makes one smart i love reading

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