Dads, please participate in story time - By Guest Blogger Lawrence Gordon
Any dad can tell you — there are nights where reading doesn't seem that important. However, being intentional about story time not only helps build a lasting bond, but studies show that reading to your child makes them happier and smarter. Also, 80% of brain growth happens during the first three years of life. Developing your child's literacy skills begins at birth through every day caring interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, and having meaningful conversations with them. Dads and male figures play a vital role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners. Maybe you're too tired to read your kid's favorite bedtime story for the twentieth time in a row, or you're sick of fighting with your son or daughter about why they should turn off the video games and crack open a good book instead. And that's fine. It's perfectly normal for dads to ask themselves from time to time, "What’s the big deal about reading?”
If you’re in this position and could use a little inspiration, a motivational nudge to pick up that next book, I’ve got you covered. Even when we can’t fully see the impact of story time, things are happening to your child's brain and strengthening your bond with them. Below, I’ve shared five things to keep in mind. These are the things that encourage me to pick up the next book when I’m not feeling motivated to read aloud.
1. Reading to your child helps prevent stress and depression.
2. Reading helps promote respect for and tolerance of others’ views.
3. Reading to your child has numerous additional benefits to physical and psychological health.
4. A child’s imagination and creativity grow when you’re intentional about story time.
5. Reading books that interest both of you will keep you engaged and motivated.
Lawrence Gordon is the author of Unicorn Dreams who resides in South Carolina with his wife and three children. His mission is to inspire dads, uncles, grandfathers, and male role models everywhere to read more books to children as a way of building bonds, inspiring dreams, and to be intentional about story time." Lawrence is on Facebook and Instagram every Tuesday at 6:30 for story time and he also showcases a child reader on Wednesdays at 6:30.