Do You Read To The Children In Your Life?

@Rozie37 (15499)
Turkmenistan
June 26, 2007 11:26pm CST
I have always loved to read, but the one thing that really made me love books is when my mother sat down and read to my two sisters and I. I don't know why this made me feel so special, but it felt about the same as getting a hug from her. Now that I look back on it, I can tell that she was reading in a animated, yet very clear way, so we could really experience the story. Most of the time she read to us from the Bible and I guess that is why it is still my favorite book now. The only time I can get my nieces and nephews to listen to me read is when I am helping them with their homework or helping them figure out the strategy of one of their video games. I love to read to them and even more when I hear them reading to me. Reading is such a wonderful thing.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I read to my son every night, at least 3 books in total, sometimes more if we are on a roll LOL. He loves books! I even have him read the book to me by looking at the pictures and describing what he sees. It's a lot of fun when he really gets into the story and then makes sounds to go with the animal pictures or things like that. Everytime we visit the thrift store I always manage to find some really good decent ones - just recently I picked up 7 books for 99c each, all based on "lessons from the hundred-acre wood - pooh bear and friends". The books include "Friendship Day, Everyone is Special, Try Try Again, Home Sweet Home, Believe in Yourself, I'm Really Sorry and Just Say Thank you." He loves them!
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
These sound like very good titles for teaching a child. Educating while entertaining or vice versa. Either way, the two are a perfect combination in getting kids prepared for the future. And you don't have to spend a lot of money on the books. This is very good.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Thanks again Rozie for best response :)
• Pakistan
27 Jun 07
no because i dont have any child actally i never married
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
This is why I said, the children in your life. I also do not have children of my own yet. You may have nieces, nephews,cousins, or neighbors that you read to.
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
I read to my son all the time. I didn't realize how much until we joined the libraries summer reading club and had to track the books we read. I knew it was a lot we go to the library twice a week but in 2 days we read 10 books. Even the librarian was amazed.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
This is very good. There is no such thing as too much reading.
• United States
27 Jun 07
When the kids where little I use to read to them and now they are gone I am sure when they have kids they will read to them. My daughter's favorite book was Are you my mother. By Dr. Susses, I can still see all the pictures in the book. My son's favorite books where the little creature named "ME" the creature always wated everthing, he was harry and lived with his mom and dad. I cannot remember if he had a real name or not.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
Oh my goodness, I just love you. You took me back home. My all time favorite childrens book was "Are You My Mother." That was the one where the mother goes away and gets food for the baby bird and somehow the baby, I think, fell out of the tree and was going around asking all the other animals if they were his mother. That book is so aborable. I think I will look it up, just for old times sake. Thank you so much for the memory.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
27 Jun 07
Hi there. While carrying our son, through the pregnancy term, I would read two childrens books, everynight or when I felt like it, and I did the same thing while I carried our daughter, while our son would sit next to me and listen as well. I got this idea of reading to my unborn child, from an aunty who did the same for my cousins and they are all so clever. My children just love to read, They love to read to me now they are older...
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
A love for reading is a truly priceless gift, that continues to give throughout your life. It is good that you instill a love for reading in them early on.
@freak369 (5123)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Reading to a child of any age is a great bonding experience and can help them learn faster and remember more things that they are exposed to. A little boy I watch from time to time is fifteen months and is so smart it's scary. We read books written for two year olds and even though he can't read for himself, when we hit words like dog, cat, window, computer, television and other common things around the house he runs to them or points to them. Reading is an awesome thing to share with kids of any age.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
It is very good that you are taking the time to help this child learn. Pointing at odjects by name is pretty impressive for a fifteen month old. Keep up the good work. It would be nice if all babysitters were that dedicated.
@irishmist (3819)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I read to my grandkids all the time. They love a good book before they go to sleep at night. We also have fun when I read to them. They love it when I change my voice for each person or animal in the book. My one granddaughter always reads her latest library book to me lol. It's so cute.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
It sounds like you and your grandchildren are very blessed to have each other. This was a very nice response. I never had a grandmother, so I really enjoyed reading about you.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Jun 07
I wasn't read to as a child, but I taught myself to read very young. I never really read children's books, and because of that they are practically an obsession for me now! I go to the bookstore and look at books for children for hours, just thinking how much fun my son and I will have exploring them! My one-year-old will never have to say he wasn't read to, or that he didn't get to experience children's books! I read to him every single day, and my husband reads to him often as well. He gets so excited sometimes, looking at the pictures and listening to the story!
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
It is something that he will always remember and cherish. More people would read to their children, if they knew what an incredible experience it would be for them and the child.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
I have read books to my children for years. Mostly bed time stories. My daughter will not go to bed until I have read a book!
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
27 Jun 07
This is wonderful and a very good habit to keep up.
• Australia
27 Jun 07
I love to read to my 18mth old so+ n.Hes just started sitting thru a whole story & its so nice for him to be so patient!!
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
27 Jun 07
I try to read to my niece but she turns the pages to fast. She wants to learn how to read and she does know how to spell simple words. She starts school next year.
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@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
I find reading to be a very relaxing past-time and reading to a child is a very special thing to do and great way to bond. Some of my favorite childrens books come from the author "Robert Munch", I would highly recommend his books! They always make me laugh...
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@DIXIGRL (86)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I read to my children daily. At least 30 minutes a day. I started reading to them before they were born... using the belief they can hear you inuteral and even took books to the hospital to read to them before we were released after they were born
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@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
27 Jun 07
My daughter is 8 months old and I try to read her a story every day, she loves to sit down and listen to them and then I give her the hard books that she has designed for her age group with all of the touchy feely bits on the pages and she sits down and plays with them, she loves books. I loved books as a child as I could go off into my own little world with them, I read all the time, but I dont remember my parents ever reading me a book!
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@ibsnet (1268)
• India
27 Jun 07
I do felt very impressive when my father used to read stories from books to me when I was in lower class in School. Don't know why but I can remember the moments. May be there is word that listening is half learning and whoever can orate good can make the other get through the lesson very easily.
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
when they were small, i used to, but now they are older and they read on their own. i have always encourage my kids to read and we (still) go to the library about every other week to get new books!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I agree that reading is a simply marvelous and great habit to a acquire and stick with. I sometimes read to my grandaughter. Her parents always read her a story before bedtime.
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@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
27 Jun 07
My mom always read to me and it placed a great love of literature in me at a young age. I'm now taking a course to become a children's writer. I am also a preschool teacher and I love reading to them. I have the 2-3 year olds and it's amazing how quickly children that age can pick up on a story and say it along with you. Reading is very important and when I have my own children, I will make sure to read to them everyday.
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• Philippines
27 Jun 07
I read a book to my daughter before we go to sleep. She loves books, and she idolize Courtney from the 12 Dancing Princess because that character loves to read books. I love reading books to my baby because it's a bonding time for us and I'm a book-lover myself, too. It's a nice thing that you shared your experience on this :)
@abagslife (1212)
• Italy
27 Jun 07
No, I don't like it