Children aren’t the only ones who benefit from reading. Adults do too. Getting lost in a good book eases the strain of everyday life. In fact, many mental health plans in the United Kingdom require adults to read for pleasure as part of their therapy for depression or stress-related illnesses, says Pat.
“Reading is physically good for you,” she says. “It helps take stress out of our minds.”
Also, it broadens our knowledge and stretches us, which affects our overall well-being. “We stay younger longer when we continue to learn,” concludes Pat. Not a bad thing at any age.
- Reading to young children at least three times a week increases the likelihood that their reading scores will be in the top 25%.
- Turn off the TV, and turn on togetherness by setting aside a family reading time each week.
- Communication is important. Research shows that kids who hear their family’s stories do better academically and make better choices when confronted with temptation.
Now Hear This
Listening to a good story never goes out of style. Make a point to read to your children even as they get older. When traveling, pop an audio book into your car’s CD player, and listen together. Follow up with an informal discussion of the work heard. These conversations will encourage better communication between you and your kids.