There’s no doubt that books are man’s best friend. The best habit that one can inculcate while growing up is reading because we are what we read. The books that we read play a very essential role in our upbringing as they are our guide for the walk of life. Once you begin reading, you’d experience a whole new world. When you start cherishing the habit of reading you eventually get addicted to it. Reading improves language skills and vocabulary. Reading books is also a means to relax and reduce stress. It is crucial to read a book at least for a few minutes each day to stretch the brain muscles for healthy functioning.
Reading books not only academically but also fiction or nonfiction is very essential. It would take us in a vivid world of imagination. That’s why it’s important as a parent that you must teach your kid a good reading habit.
We’re providing some of the benefits of reading habit. So that it would be simpler for you to understand.
- Stress buster
Nowadays stress is something that no matter what age group you belong to, you ought to have some stress in your life. In your younger years, you have stress regarding your academic performance, competitions or some tournament. As you walk further in the path of life, this stress keeps on increasing as the responsibilities keep adding on your shoulder. However, to keep yourself away from this vicious stress, add some books in your bookshelf. And if you already have some, then dust it off and start reading!
Reading books of any genre will help you to reduce your daily stress. To know how this mechanism works, let’s understand it in a simple manner. When you’re reading a novel, you lose yourself in that particular story and this gives a soothing effect to your mind and soul.
- Enhances your Knowledge and yet Entertaining
When you’re reading a book, you are gaining and enhancing your knowledge. The more you read, the more knowledge you gain and when you have a great piece of knowledge, then you are well equipped to tackle your daily life challenges. Knowledge is something that stays with you forever and no one can ever steal that from you.
And that’s just not it. We often relate something knowledgeable to boring, if you think the same way, then you need to recheck your facts. Reading a novel is so interesting as it takes you to a different realm. A realm of imagination where you forget all your problems and just want to be in it forever.
- Increases your Vocabulary and Concentration
The more you read, the more you’ll be able to encounter different words. Reading books can really help you to enhance your vocabulary and also help you with great communication skills. These are certain traits which will be beneficial, no matter what profession you choose. It gives you exceptional exposure to new words.
Moreover, in this technologically driven era, it’s really hard to focus on one thing. However, that’s not the case when you’re reading a book. While reading, our whole focus is upon the story, the whole world is just falling and we can immerse in the world of our own. It definitely helps us to improve our concentration level, which is the need of the hour!
- Have therapeutic power
Trust me, it’s a tried and tested fact.
Whenever you’re reading a book, it leaves a very calm and soothing effect not only to your mind but also to your soul. And when your mind is at peace, you’ll be able to get better sleep. So, grab your favourite hot chocolate and start reading!
- Helps in building your character
You might not believe this, but reading can really help you to build your character. Reading helps you to stay focused and as we discussed in the above pointer, it enhances our vocabulary and concentration. These are some essential characteristics that made an ideal individual. You’ll be able to approach life in a different way and that’s what makes you different from others.
After understanding the importance of reading, it would be easier to build a reading habit in your child. However, understanding the benefits of reading is just not enough. You have to make sure that your child understands and he/she indulge themselves into reading.
Keeping in mind that this task could be difficult as it’s the kids we’re talking about, so we can’t just predict anything.
So, here are some ways that you can try and make this a fun time for your child.
- Read along with them
It’s quite important that you read along with them in their initial years. It not only generates their interest in books but also you got a golden chance to spend some extra time with your child. A child needs a direction to follow and by reading them a book, you are developing their habit and therefore they will look forward to it while growing up.
- Create a special reading area
If you seriously want that your child should have a reading habit, then you must work upon an area which is just perfect for reading. You can take help from your little one to set up this area. They can have a bunch of books of their choice, some accessories to decorate or some super comfy bean bag. Make sure that this area should have an ample amount of sunlight and let the kid fall in love with this area and of course BOOKS!
- Visit local library
Take out some time from your busy schedule and take a small trip to the nearby library. Let them search for their choice of books and just sit there for some time. It would be more interesting for them rather than just sit at home in one room. Reading at the library is quite different from reading at home. And the sooner you introduce them with the library, the better.
- Introduce them with new genres
Don’t force them with your choice of books or some educational ones. Let them choose what they want to read and try to keep introducing new genres. So that they don’t get stuck only to a specific genre. Reading different types of books not only keeps the monotonous away but also helps them to find out their niche.
- Be a role model
Try to avoid yelling at them to read, while you don’t even touch the newspaper. Kids adapt their environment if they see that you don’t read then obviously they think why should they.
So, to avoid such clashes try to read your daily newspaper, magazines. Show some excitement so that they get to know that reading can be so much fun.
Reading is the most important habit. Parents must give attention to their child as this habit will make them great learners. They just need a little boost up, so make sure you provide it with full enthusiasm and be successful in making a reading habit in your child.