Reading to Your Children

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Little did I know, as I read Goodnight Moon, a children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown, to my toddler for the fourth time that evening that I was affecting her future academic and professional success. Reading to young children not only enhances the parent-child bond, sharing some relaxed quality time together, but serves as a huge educational benefit, which in turns leads to professional success. Just a few minutes of nightly reading to your baby, and they’re reap a lifetime of rewards.

Reading to children should begin as early after birth as possible. At first glance it may seem that an infant could not possibly benefit from reading at such a young age. At birth only 25% of a child’s brain is developed, the remainder developing within the first year of life. When a child is read to, in a matter of seconds, thousands of cells in these children's growing brains respond. Some brain cells are 'turned on,' triggered by this particular experience. Many existing connections among brain cells are strengthened. At the same time, new brain cells are formed, adding a bit more definition and...

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