“Reading makes a full man.”
Growing up, I enjoyed #reading, primarily because my mom and aunt encouraged me to read as much as possible. My aunt would ensure that I borrowed #library books, and my mom would bring me #newspapers, no matter how old they were. I also remember my primary school selling a newspaper specifically printed for children, “The Children’s Own.” These resources drove me to develop the enjoyable habit of reading. A practice that grew with me, and I now realise that my love for #reading helped mould me into the writer I am.
In high school and college, I excelled at writing and #research, which led me to earn multiple awards and scholarships. The thousands of words I read as a child had allowed me to develop habits and traits I was unaware of. For starters, I am able to think critically, something I assumed that everyone did. But I’ve come to realise over the past few years that was not so. Also, studies show that readers are more empathetic and imaginative, of which I am an example. Moreover, reading exposes us to different views and enhances our ability to have meaningful conversations.
It goes without saying that #reading provides cognitive exercise, boosts memory and develops and expands vocabulary. For me, reading was and still is a form of entertainment. I feel as though I am a part of each story I read in fiction or #literature books. The newspapers taught me current affairs, not to mention the big words that I had to break into syllables and use my dictionary to understand. But I loved it all. I loved that each time I read an article from the papers or a story from the books, I learnt something new.
These days I wonder if as parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents, etc., we are encouraging our #children to read. Nothing is wrong with watching movies, playing games, and browsing social media; however, can we incorporate reading a #book or a paper? Ask yourself, how well does my child read?
You can start by reading with your children. Set a specific time aside each week as reading time. Read a story for them, make it fun. Continue by getting them involved, maybe by asking them to choose the story or read a paragraph. Practice this until they have developed an appreciation for reading and begin to read on their own (aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents, etc., can do this too).
As a bonus, reading time facilitates bonding between you and the kids. It allows them to become more comfortable with you, consequently creating and strengthening that relationship between you and the child. Let’s encourage and inspire our children to read outside of school; after all, “Reading makes a full man.”
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