“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss.
Inculcating a habit of reading from a young age is one of the best gifts a parent can give to their children because starting early is much more beneficial for them in terms of better attention span, fluency in reading, enhanced interpersonal skills and obviously excel in academics. But more importantly, it broadens one’s mind and helps them gain a perspective on life. To know more keep scrolling! Obviously reading is something someone can start at any given age but when kids are young their minds are like moulds and can adapt better.
Better Communication Skills
Reading leads to learning new words which help us express our thoughts better and in a structured way. Kids who start early are capable of expressing themselves better than those who don’t read frequently.
Reading books and newspapers exposes children to tonnes of new words. Get them underline words that are new for them or the ones they don’t understand. Make them learn those words and make sentences with them. For better retention try to recall those words while playing scrabble! Effective communication is important both in our personal and professional lives.
Stories have the power to inspire and motivate everyone whether short stories or novels, kids’ storybooks or comics. They always have lessons which can teach kids tonnes. Once they’re done as them what they read and what they have learnt from the story.
Kids who develop the habit of reading at an early age are good at comprehending situations and develop a better sense of understanding and empathy than those who do not read. They are capable of understanding serious situations and are very thoughtful!
Escape from reality
With authors like J K Rowling and C.S. Lewis who’ve rolled books and books never lost the grip of the readers, they are so great! It’s an absolute treat for all readers and an escape from reality! Again, books such as Percy Jackson and Lord of the Rings have given people complete freedom to explore the world of fiction. It is because creative minds like these are powerhouses of exciting amusements and we can only agree more if we had read some of those amazing creations.
Increased Attention Span
Encouraging good reading habits from an early age increases their attention span and helps them to focus better and for longer periods of time. In the digital era that we’re living in the attention span of children is decreasing owing to their increased use of social media and video games, reading would be a great tool to improve this aspect, even if it’s on an iPad or a Kindle. Again reading broadens one’s mind and gives them a peek into how great minds work. Reading and understanding these great minds definitely adds up to their confidence and they become capable of understanding and presenting themselves in a great way anywhere.
The phrase ‘you become what you read’ perfectly couldn’t be more apt for this point. A good book can unfold you into a better person. Let’s take the example of Harry Potter. It’s a book about how in the end good will triumph over the evil and the importance of making good friends and being one! It can enhance one’s emotional development and cultural awareness. Books help one discover themselves and explore their own personality.
Readers are leaders
Whether they read the kids newspaper or books, reading keeps a person updated and what’s trending. Reading is the best way a person can invest their time. Reading has always and will always help anyone grow into a better version of themselves but they need to keep learning and changing. One example that can be taken is that of Elon Musk who is an avid reader. He spent his entire childhood just reading!
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