I have always loved reading. The pleasure of a good book is one of my favorite things in the world. Having gained so much from my penchant for books, I also want my children to have a passion for reading. In this age of internet, television, iPads and smartphones, getting children to love books is not as easy as it sounds. Yes, it’s not a walk in the park, but it can certainly be done.
Although it will require a great deal of our time and energy, helping our children learn to enjoy reading is one of the most important things we can do as parents. Children who love books are found to have a higher aptitude for learning, better communication skills, better coping capacities, and a healthier self-esteem.
There are many tips out there on how to instill the love for reading in our kids. One great post I can recommend for a bunch of wonderful pointers is this one: “Top 10 Tips to Help Children Love Reading.” But as for me, I think that the most effective way to encourage our children to love books is to constantly read to them–the earlier, the better.