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Finding time to read with your child can be hard with all the other demands you face. But it really pays off, says Amy Schofield, editor of Mychild.co.uk.
Reading is probably the most important skill your child will learn. It opens up a whole new world of learning and imagination, and the more you help your child at home, the easier they will find it to develop this vital skill. However, if you work, run a house, have other children, and rarely get enough sleep, it’s a sad fact that reading with your child can start to feel like just another “to-do” to tick off your list.
But even if you have just got home after a 12 hour day, have dinner to cook, packed lunches to prepare, clothes to wash and dry, cats to feed, not to mention Holby City to watch (we all need a guilty pleasure), spending that time reading a book about a not-very scary but very hairy Gruffalo or a wayward and Horrid boy called Henry actually gives you the time to breathe, relax, and spend some quiet time with your child which can help you to forget the hustle and bustle of your hectic life, even for a short while. One of my favourites is to read “Who’s in the loo?” (“Is it an elephant doing a poo?”) with my boys aged five and eleven. It always has us in stitches, especially the peeing penguin…And of course while you’re having a good laugh and the dinner’s burning nicely in the oven, you’ll be supporting them in their reading and helping to instil positive early experiences of reading too.
So choose a time when you’re both relaxed and before you both get too tired, settle down somewhere quiet and comfortable, and make the time to read with your child:
Above all, aim to make the reading experience fun, cosy and time together that you both enjoy and look forward to. Everything else can wait.
Amy Schofield is editor of www.mychild.co.uk. The site features mum bloggers and it is always looking for blogs to feature.