This Is The Perfect Gift You Can Give Your Child
Complete Wellbeing|June 2016
This Is The Perfect Gift You Can Give Your Child

A life-long love for reading is the perfect gi you can give your child

Anamika Agnihotri

A few weeks ago, my friend Mehak’s son was invited to an eight year-old girl’s birthday party. Mehak shares my love of books and the natural consequence of this love is that our first choice for gi ing is always a book. She got 1001 Stories for Growing up Girls for her son to give it to the birthday girl. Later that night, Mehak received a text message from the girl’s mother saying that although the gift was wonderful but her daughter is “not into reading”. She added that she had bought her daughter a lot of books but she never took a liking to it. This incident left Mehak and me wondering what we could do to get children to enjoy reading.

Here’s my view on this subject. First, we need to convince parents of the benefits of reading for their child. If your child isn’t showing an interest in reading, you should consider the following reasons to get him to take up reading

It helps build your child’s vocabulary and develops his language skills so that he is able to read, write and speak beer.

It improves focus. Reading requires children to sit quietly for a fairly long period of time, trying to concentrate on the story they are reading. The more they read, the be er their concentration levels.

Reading fuels your li le one’s imagination. When children read about various concepts, characters, places and situations, they visualise the same in their imagination—just like adults do, only be er! With practice, they get be er at visualisation, which is a great creativity booster.

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June 2016