Sing or Read to Your Baby....??

@nupats (3564)
India
June 24, 2008 1:11am CST
my son is three years old i am desperately trying to read him a bedtime story book but he is just not intrested...he just wants me to sing him lullaby and rock him to sleep..i actually want him to develop intrest in stories but actually so far no joy..when we were kids we used to love listening to stories frm our grandmother and with it just goes down to snging...do u read a bedtime story to your baby or sing and rock the baby to sleep? how can i make him get intrested in listening to stories?
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
24 Jun 08
Hi dear its very common thing or atleast i am facing it, my son is about to three and sure he dont want to read books at all. but all tjhe times he is ready to play, and watch Baby TV. some times he may listen to some story but not from me or my wife, but from him grand ma, take care
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
tht is so sweet... his grandmothers are not here they r in their hometown and have their own commitments..my son also prefers the TV....thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
25 Jun 08
Yeah he is lucky and well now their are lot of kids channel,so kids love watch them take care, keep in TOUCH
25 Jun 08
I too had a niece who is 17months old and I'm kinda amazed coz everytime I gotta read her books, seems she understood everything. I think its more of your child's perspective. Sooner or later your son would find what really interests him most. We can't do anything if your son doesn't want you reading him bedtime stories or so...
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
hi dear u r right it may vary child to child..thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
• China
25 Jun 08
it is not difficult,you just have a little confidence and patience.when i was very young,i had no books to read and no TV watch,so i had to find everything i can to read.so you can put a few books on the bed,and let your son read it only by himself,it he can not read,then he will ask you.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
hi dear thanx for the suggestion....i think i will give it some time and try to b more patient...have a nice day..
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I started with stories and then after the story I played music for them. I think it is very good for children to do this and mine didn't seem to have a problem with a story and then music. The youngest like books of poetry better than story books so I read him those types. Keep trying different kinds until you find one your child likes. I started with the youngest almost at birthday and he was reading at a few months past his 4th birthday. With my oldest he hated reading until I found the Harry Potter books and then he was hooked. Good luck!
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
thank u so this just shows how different each child is..i think i have to wait patiently and keep trying and something might intrest him..have a nice day..thanx once again..
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
I dont read bedtime stories to my baby because he prefers listening to music. He easily sleeps when there is music on his background. Whatever kind of music is fine with him. Sometimes, he watch Barney and Friends (its his favorite) and there, its like storytelling and there are also lots of songs! He enjoys it very much. After watching one to two episode of Barney, he will now settle down to sleep. Yes, maybe your baby prefer you singing him a lullaby rather than reading stories.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
yes tht is true he loves song and music so i have been singing to him since he was born.....thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
@laglen (19782)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Try singing the books to him. Don't force he issue or you could turn him off of reading all together.
@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
thank u dear will give t a shot..have a nice day..
@WATARIKENJI (1534)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
I dont know if you have pictures and illustrations in your book. It would help a lot in getting the child's interest. Also, some expressions that might get his attention are essential. Your kid's interest will change and Im sure that one of these days he will be interested in listening to stories in books.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
yes it has more of pictures and very colourful but he does not like the narration part and starts flipping....thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
@fwangaa (3058)
• China
25 Jun 08
why you only just want to let your baby go to bed by stories?
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
well i want him to enjoy stories bcoz it can help in speaking better and the grasping power increases and the child starts having an understanding of the sequence...this is what someone told me so i also wanted to try..but he does not like stories at all....thanx for sharing your views ...have a nice day..
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Some kids just don't care for books. Singing to my child wasn't usually a good idea. My singing is awful. LOL Best kept for the closed car or the shower. I usually let my son pick out which book I'd read to him by the picture on the front. We would sit down on his floor and read one or two books a night. And while he loved it when he was little, he soon outgrew it, and now hates to read. Where as I still love it.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
hi dear probably even i need to give him sometime to develop a firm intrest....thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
@zhuuraan (967)
• United States
25 Jun 08
You cannot make him do anytbhing. If he'd rather hear you sing than read then do that. Different people have different interests and your son is no exception. Just because you like or liked stories when you were young doesn't mean he will be the same. All my life I have absolutely hated music boxes, and as a baby they were the only thing I would scream my head off at, yet lots of kids find them relaxing. You need to find out what works for your son and stick with it. If he develops an interest in stories as he gets older then encourage him but let him be for now.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
hi dear u have a point there..thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
@irishidid (8578)
• United States
24 Jun 08
My kids liked both when they were small. If he isn't interested there isn't much you can do. One thing you can do is buy a song book and sing from it to him. It might get him interested.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
yes can do this as well so far i just bought him story books maybe a song book might help ..thanx dear..have a nice day..
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
if i'm going to have my baby already, i would rather build a library of book stories just don't make me sing. i would surely awaken our neighbors. and probably my singing won't do any good to my baby. i just don't have the talent ever since. well, can i just dance?
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
very funny...maybe u can dance for ur baby then babys get amused by seeing a funny act ...heehee just kidding..you can start practicing ur vocal cords for future..take care..have a nice day..
@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Tell him a story about your childhood. At his age, it's not unusual for him to be bored by a book. My kids were bored by most books, too, and I told them stories about my childhood that appealed to them much more. Tell him about your family, your grandparents and their adventures without electricity or television, you'll be encouraging his independence and building a sense of family while entertaining him!
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
hi tht is very innovative i think i will try this out as well...i dont think i m very good at story telling so he does not like it...thank u so much have a nice day..
@simsunil (98)
• India
24 Jun 08
dear friend ,ur son is so small to listen stories at bed time , at this stage i think all babies want theit mother to sing for them and rock them to sleep... even my babies are also not interested in stories.. only elder one is interested in cartoons and younger one is in feed only... soo don,t try to force ur baby for anythinglet him develop his taste with his age..
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@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
..thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..
@allen0187 (33444)
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
hi nupats. yes, i read bed time stories to my baby and i let her chose the story that will be told for the night. she has a lot of books to choose from and i've plsced these books beside her bed. when its sleeping time already, she goes over the books and picks two to three books. i don't mind if i read that much as long as i'm able to spend quality time with my daughter.i also sing songs with her and for her as well. usually, its mickey mouse clubhouse or barney songs but i studied a couple of lullabies so she doesn't hear the same song again and again. as for your son, maybe he just prefers hearing songs over stories. i don't think that's much of a big deal. maybe, your son will turn out to be a singer when he grows up. anyway, as long as your son gets to sleep, i think it really doesn't matter if you sing him a lullaby or read him a story.
@nupats (3564)
• India
25 Jun 08
thank u so much dear friend actually someone told me tht it is good for a childs growth to listen to stories..so i was just worried why he does not like stories..thanx for sharing your views i think i will give it some time...have a nice day..