Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Sharing Books with Children > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Sharing Books with Children

One of my first memories of childhood is that of my mother reading Dr. Seuss books to me in a big brown recliner in our living room. That memory brings with it sounds and smells and a general feeling of safety and comfort that never fades, even after all these years. Naturally, one of the first memories I have of my own first born child is sitting in a big chair and reading Little Golden Books to him.

Sharing books and reading with my children is as natural as giving them baths and making their breakfast. It's just something I do everyday, and it's one of the most pleasurable moments of my day. I love to hold my two year old in my lap while we snuggle up and look through his ever growing library of books. His favorite books change weekly as his interests broaden. Books open up the world to him and his imagination is bubbling over with new ideas every day.

More than just telling a story, books help children better understand their own ideas and feelings and often calm an upset toddler when nothing else will work. They see and hear about other kids like them and others from around the world who are different. We've all seen little kids acting out the stories they hear. As a child I spent many afternoons pretending to be the characters from my favorite books. Just recently my son was playing 'Dr.Dan. The Bandage Man', a current favorite Little Golden Book.

Although reading with children is so very rewarding for both adult and child, little kids need time to look at books alone. This allows them the opportunity to look at the pictures and develop the habit of 'reading' even though they can't yet read. In my Family Child Care, I have different 'libraries' available in different rooms in my home. The kids have labeled these areas 'libraries' themselves, and will often rotate the books from room to room and act out 'going to the library' daily. Imagine my surprise when I first witnessed a three year old taking the younger kids 'to the library.'

Because books are a very user-friendly activity and require no prep or cleanup other than returning them to the 'library', parents can and should use any opportunity to share books with their young children. Long car or plane trips, waiting rooms, in shopping carts, you name it, you can hand a child a book and make just about any transition or otherwise boring activity exciting. Books and reading can be both a group or individual activity, and many children who are normally shy in a group setting will sit in the reading circle and share story-time while making new friends.

By sharing books with your young child, you are planting a precious memory that will last a lifetime for both parent and child. They in turn will continue the tradition with their own children and remember those special times. A world of experiences and ideas are waiting for you to introduce to them.

About the Author: Sherry Frewerd is a Proud Work At Home Mother of 3 musical children. A Family Child Care Provider for 10 years, she also publishes several websites, specifically http://familyplayandlearn.com Family Play and Learn: Play and Learning Resources for Parents and Family Child Care Providers.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Washington Post

Mommy moves: Parody of Cardi B's 'Bodak Yellow' captures reality of parenting
Washington Post
Take the coolest person you know and add a few kids. Fast forward a few years and watch the trappings of their gilded child-free life give way to bath toys, playground tumbles and diapers. Lots of diapers. Parenting changes us, and Cali Daniels is here ...

and more »

PEOPLE.com

Kristen Bell Explains 'Tag Team' Parenting with Dax Shepard: 'We Switch Kids All the Time'
PEOPLE.com
With two young daughters at home, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have worked out the perfect parenting tactic: the “tag team.” “We switch kids all the time,” the Frozen actress tells PEOPLE of her children Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 2, at Alliance of Moms ...
The Reason Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Do "Tag Team" Parenting Is ...Romper
What Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Do When They Are "Reaching ...Babble (blog)

all 9 news articles »

Asheville Citizen-Times

Movie review: 'Lady Bird' plumbs pains of adolescence, parenting
Asheville Citizen-Times
The crushing self-doubts of adolescence and parenting collide in "Lady Bird," a terrific debut feature written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig, of "20th Century Women" and several Noah Baumbach features. Remarkably grounded and emotional ...
Greta Gerwig Wrote a Letter to Justin Timberlake Asking to Use His Music in Lady BirdYouTube

all 43 news articles »

Dear Abby: Opposing parenting styles are cause of family fracture
Gloucester Daily Times
Our children are months apart in age, and parenting has brought out the differences in our beliefs in a way that has made it hard for us to get along.I'm a proponent of Western medicine. My kids are vaccinated. We take them to the doctor, give them ...

and more »

The Good Men Project (blog)

4 Parenting Fails That Still Churned Out Healthy, Happy Kids
The Good Men Project (blog)
To help cheer you up and prove that you haven't done the unthinkable, I've compiled 4 of the greatest parenting fails. These parents may have failed spectacularly at times, but in the end, their kids turned out pretty okay. And if these kids can make ...


Business Insider

The founder of billion-dollar company 23andMe cuts her kids' hair, teaches them to do laundry, and protects them ...
Business Insider
In a New York Times profile, Silicon Valley royalty Anne Wojcicki talked about her career, her marriage to Google cofounder Sergey Brin, and how she raises her children. The founder of billion-dollar personal genomics company 23andme tries to keep ...

and more »

Parenting Matters to host Breakfast with Santa in Sequim
Peninsula Daily News
It is a fundraiser for Parenting Matters and the First Teacher program. Children and families can come when they like to have a photograph of their children taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each child will receive a free book. Children will be offered ...


CNN

Three questions, from Tolstoy, for mindful parenting - CNN - CNN.com
CNN
What is the most important thing to be doing at any given time? The Russian writer has an answer, and it's about how you parent.

and more »

WFMZ Allentown

Positive Parenting - The identity project
WFMZ Allentown
However, for young adolescents starting high school, finding an ethnic identity might not be as simple as black or white. But when teens start exploring ethnic-racial heritage it can help them form an identity. Researchers at Arizona State University ...


hellomagazine.com

Simon Cowell's 'hands on' parenting is praised by Amanda Holden
hellomagazine.com
There is no denying that Simon Cowell is a proud father to three-year-old Eric – something his good friend Amanda Holden was quick to praise. While chatting to MailOnline, the TV presenter spoke about Simon and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman, and how ...

Google News

EEG Biofeedback as a Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

In this form of treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder... Read More

Teaching Your Children About the Value of Money

We take it for granted that children know how money... Read More

Parents Need to Vent Anger! Try These 4 Steps to Serenity

Parents are losing their self-control to anger. A friend called... Read More

People of the Century by Dan Rather

Dan Rather made a significant and tactical error and got... Read More

Parenting: The Road I Chose

Tripping over the shoes and toys that seem to clutter... Read More

Top 50 Mom Quotations

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I... Read More

How To Be A Bad Mother

As I sit here and reflect on the past two... Read More

Babys First Month at a Glance

Congratulations on your new baby! You have just brought your... Read More

When Kids Hurt Parents

The cruel callous remarks made by our offspring can sometimes... Read More

10 Secrets To Know You?re A Good Working Parent To Your Kids!

How are parents to know they are doing the right... Read More

A New Idea For Kids Party Parties: Hiring A Caricaturist Can Make Your Kids Party A Real Blast!

There's a new trend for party entertainment. It seems as... Read More

ADHD Treatment: Strategy and Philosophy

If your child or teen has been diagnosed with Attention... Read More

Raising A High Maintenance Child

Do you have a high maintenance child?"Thank goodness my second... Read More

Back to School - Disappontment?

Our back-to-school buying habits do not help kids succeed in... Read More

The ADD Child: Challenging Parents, Teachers and Friends

The ADD child exhibits a series of behaviors that are... Read More

How Many Sex Offenders Live On Your Block?

For any parent, learning that a convicted sex offender lives... Read More

Who Will Be Their Guardian?

If you are like most people today, you do not... Read More

What Is Homeschooling And How Do I know If Its Right For My Family?

Do you know what these famous people have in common?Alexander... Read More

From Good to GREAT: Secrets On Becoming A Better Dad

While most fathers aspire to become the best Dads they... Read More

How To Teach Your Children Love

I was in the life insurance sales industry for over... Read More

Grandparents --- Homeschool Your Grandchildren and Feel Younger

Grandparents, what better way to stay close to your grown... Read More

Parenting Skills - Five Ways To Turbo-Boost Your Confidence

The 'phone conversation had nothing at all to do with... Read More

Who Are Your Kids Talking To Online?

Studies have shown that:1 out of 4 children were sent... Read More

Parents/Teens and Money ? 5 Ideas for Keeping the Peace

Children and teenagers are relentlessly bombarded with merchandise that entices.... Read More

Avoid Weight Problems In Children

Although, not a well publicized statistic, childhood obesity has more... Read More