When we read together it creates a connection and a common interest. When children are younger it creates a sense of safety, nurturing and comfort and I think that association to reading carries forward as they get older. You can also use reading to establish a routine, which, in my opinion, is essential for young children. They need a sense of structure in order to feel safe and it is from that sense of structure that they are able to branch out and explore without fear.
We used reading to establish a bedtime routine for Caidin that included him picking out five or six books he wanted to read, then we would sit in his bed and read to him. We would finish with two goodnight songs and then off to sleep he went. The consistency of this routine made for an easy bedtime for everyone.
Thank you to all the authors who create such magical, inviting and inspiring stories.
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