I sincerely believe that reading to your children is one the very best things you can do with them before it’s too late and they’re moving out.
Reading is perhaps the most powerful habit that anyone of us can acquire.
Bold statement right? But reading great stuff leads to great stuff! Input determines output. And what better way to spend quality time with your children than reading great books to them and inspiring a love of learning!
Whether your public schooling, homeschooling, unschooling or world schooling, read to your children.
I Had a Mother Who Read to Me
I think one of the most important things that you can do for your children is to read to them. And this is a pretty bold statement. Because reading is what makes the biggest difference.
Strickland Gillian said:
“You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.”
That last line of this quote is what really matters because it shows how that no matter you have, a reading mother is what makes the biggest difference.
Well, I grew up in a broken home and I was talking to my sister the other day about reading to her children and how I read to my children. Suddenly, I remembered that when I was little (8 yo) she would sit down and read to me and those were the best memories. Moreover, that actually sparked my love of learning and reading. But to be honest, I struggled a lot at the very beginning because I was a slow reader but I learned how to improve myself with time.
Reading Great Books is What Makes All the Difference
Believe it or not, there is a huge benefit that comes from reading to your children. Thus, I want to challenge you today to read to your children every single day without fail. Even if it is just a short chapter. Because first, they start to love learning and then they want to read to themselves and then become lifelong learners and that is probably the best habit you can give your children. And that what made all the difference in my life of going from living in the streets to living a phenomenal life. Second, you get to discuss great principals and great ideas and as you do that, things start to happen. Some changes happen right away and others start happening gradually. Your children start to make better decisions, they start to be mature, more self-reliant and more independent. Because they start making connections and start building values and principals in their lives. The third great benefit that comes from reading to your children is the bound, it’s just magical.
No matter what I said, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading great books to your children. Wait! Don’t read garbage and think that you’ve done a good job! Read great books and discuss great ideas. The goal isn’t to get through the book, the goal is to get the book through you and through your children.
So, I challenge you from today onward spend time reading with your spouse and with your children and that will make all the difference in your life.