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MOMENTS FOR MOMS

Read To Your Child Every Day

By Kimberly Snider
Missionary to the Philippines

CBN.com - "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul" (Proverbs 2:10).

It is so much fun to read to your children! Why not do it every day?

People wonder why they should read to their children when they can watch TV and videos or hear stories on cassette. Here are the reasons why:

When your children listen to you reading them a story, they must be physically close to you in order to hear you. It is a wonderful time to cuddle them. They feel safe and secure.

Children love stories. You can laugh together about the funny things or discuss the scary things that happen in books. Good books can bring up topics that you have prayerfully asked God to help you talk about with your children. I have used storybooks to introduce serious topics to my first and second grade classes. When one child in my class became seriously ill, a storybook opened the door for me to discuss it with my students.

Reading is the key to all academic success. Statistics show that children who are read to learn to read better than children whose parents do not read to them.

If you read to your children you are showing them that you think reading is important. If they think you value reading, they will be more motivated to become a good reader.

Reading holds the key to success. A computer is a useless tool unless the user can read. Your child deserves all the help he or she can get to be a good reader.

If you don't feel you read aloud well, be honest about it. Tell your children to help you. Little children love to help their parents, and you can all learn together.

Kim Snider From "Moments for Moms," a free email subscription. Copyright (c) 2005 Women's Ministries of the Assemblies of God. Reprinted with permission.

"Moments For Moms" is written by Kimberly Snider, a missionary to the Philippines and host of the radio program "Moments for Mothers." The radio program is produced by Asia Pacific Media Ministries. The online edition, "Moments for Moms," is produced and distributed by Media Ministries of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri.

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