Reading with Kids
I love to read with my kids. I love reading for my kids to be exact. Now, to instill the habit of reading in kids is not an easy task. Some kids develop that fondness for books rather quickly, some develop a delayed taste.
With my elder one, reading became a part of our daily habit when he was very young, as in three or four months young. Maybe, having the books around him and playing with it as we did with any other toy was the key. Or maybe, he was inclined to books and the colorful pictures in it from the time he was born. Whatever be the reason, we had a huge collection of books – the first one which I bought for my baby when he was still cozying inside my tummy.
As Kanna grew up, gradually he lost interest in reading. This was when he started to read by himself. He still liked it when I read to him, but reading by himself was a different story. Interestingly enough, that phenomenon continues even today when he is an almost 10-year-old boy. Thankfully, he “gobbles up the book” if it was something that he loves to read. So we still have mommy reading to the kid sessions in our house every single day and I have no qualms about it as I love reading out loud and reading to my kids.
Now with my second one, things were different. We followed the same tactics with him too, but Akku never showed any interest to flip the pages. I remember, he used to admire the pictures and that was about it. Until he turned 2, there was no reading session that had happened, because he never wanted to listen to those beautiful pages.
When he turned two things took a drastic change. Akku became suddenly interested in books that lasted beyond flipping the pages and marveling at the pictures that those pages flashed. Perhaps it was the perseverance shown by his parents or the fact that I still continued to buy lots of book for him in the hope that he would show interest in reading one day and that hope being paid off – I don’t know, but suddenly I was reading Brown bear, brown what do you see, a hundred times a day. We are continuing to read together. He hasn’t reached the age where he could try to read by himself.
Our house is filled with books for kids from age 0 to 10 and up. Plus, the ones we borrow from our local library.
Maybe, my little one too will lose his interest in reading at some age just like his big brother did. But I will continue to read to my kids as long as I can. Because in my opinion, reading together establishes a bond that deepens as you flip through pages. And the fact that someone is taking out time from their chaotic schedule just to read out a few pages has a significance that my 3 and 10-year-olds wouldn’t understand yet, but they will realize how deeply blessed they were when they grow up and they will look back to these days with so much fondness and gratitude – I hope. Maybe, that’s why I read to them daily.
Do you read out to your kids? At what age did you stop reading to your kids?