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Strengthening the connection between mother and child through reading

Strengthening the connection between mother and child through reading

At preschool, reading is not necessarily regarded as a strictly educational method, but it is a good way to interact. Reading a story, at bedtime or reading in the lap of grandparents or dads, strengthens the ties between children and family. The child feels safe and for this reason is also attentive to what is being read.

At preschool, reading is not necessarily regarded as a strictly educational method, but it is a good way to interact. Reading a story, at bedtime or reading in the lap of grandparents or dads, strengthens the ties between children and family. The child feels safe and for this reason is also attentive to what is being read.
Establishing a ritual
Regular reading can turn into a pleasant, relaxing and, not least, educational routine. The story of the evening, before bedtime, is a ritual present in many families and stays for years until the child learns to read and even afterwards.
Parents need to find time for reading and during the day, whenever possible.

Reading or reproducing a story during the meal is useful when there are eating problems (distracting and calming the child), when the child refuses to bathe or when he is out of patience and becomes irritable or hyperkinetic (in the car, in the city, at tail or doctor).
Choosing the right book
Children's preferences for choosing a book differ from one age to another, so at young ages children prefer large books, with colorful pictures, preferably with animals, books that can be used in the bathroom (waterproof) or thick pages, glossy. Starting with the age of 2, the child listens carefully to the stories read by the parents and begins to understand the rhymes, especially if they are funny.
Books should be used as a method of information and education, but in recent years the television and the Internet have taken over the leadership in this area.
Exercise and again exercise
The tastes of children are questionable and difficult to understand at such young ages, which is why they should not surprise parents that the little boy wants to hear the same story in the evening. Sometimes, he wants to read only certain parts (especially the ending) and asks a lot of questions that are repeated every day. This puts the patience of parents trying to change the story or book with another.
This fact should not worry the parents, because repetition stimulates memory. After a few evenings, the child will be able to reproduce the story more or less exactly, which is extremely rewarding for the reader.
Often the long repetition of a poem or story is related to long-term memory, the child can recite over the years or favorite passage or verse.
Reading and fun
Reading does not have to become a mechanical process, because it becomes boring and tiring. It must always capture the child's attention. There are several ways to do this. The mother has to give up inhibitions and turn reading into a fun process. Imitating the characters he reads (by adopting an appropriate mimicry, through different sounds, tones and voices) makes reading much more interesting.
After the age of 2 years, reading can become a process of reciprocity, so that the child must be introduced to the story's action, to be asked about the characters or the action itself. Besides stimulating attention, this also helps the proper development of the language.
The more the child is allowed to become more involved in educational activities, the more he will want to learn more and better results will be achieved in a shorter time.
Private reading and preferences
The choice of books must also take into account the preferences and personality of the child. Books are recommended related to the activities preferred by the child. For example, children who like animals can browse a book about animals or Zoos, and parents can read about how they live.
From a certain age the tastes for books also differ according to sex. Little girls prefer books with stories and pictures about princesses or animals, while boys prefer those with cars, trains and animals. But we should not be surprised that a little girl wearing pink dresses and playing with dolls will enjoy a book about dinosaurs or cars.
Reading and libraries
The attraction for reading or enjoying a trip to the bookstore is a feature of older ages (usually over 4 years). Some children are more attracted to books and reading than others. Children's book libraries are a real attraction for some children, especially if they were educated for this purpose.
Boxes and CDs with stories
There is a great diversity of books and stories transposed into an audio version. When parents do not find the time or patience to read a story, they can use such methods.
However, either method has its disadvantages. Audio tapes cannot establish an interaction between mother and child, which often feels isolated and alone. It is recommended that the ritual of reading a story in the evening before bed should not be replaced by such a method.
However, recording a story told by the mother or grandmother is a method that benefits both sides, in that it saves parents time and at the same time the child hears a known soothing voice.
Cards as a reward
It is not advisable for reading or books to be promised as a reward for carrying out activities that the child has to complete normally (eating at fixed hours, bathing, sleeping after lunch).
Any activity considered as a method of punishment or, on the contrary, as a reward is not a positive experience. Reading can also become an unpleasant and stressful activity and will always be avoided by the child.
Letters and words
Developing a rich language and vocabulary requires a lot of patience and exercise. However, this should not become an activity that is carried out only under certain conditions imposed by educators or parents.
The environment is an endless source of useful information for the young child. Learning letters or writing short words is much easier when the learning process is fun. A walk in the city with my mother can be educational too. Observing and explaining drawings, letters or words that can be found everywhere (panels, blocks, cars, etc.) is ideal for learning.
Correlating objects or images with their written names facilitates their written reproduction, especially if the exercise is repeated several times. For example, even if the child does not know how to write the word "horse", the repeated correlation of the word with the image of the animal will have the effect of the written reproduction of this word.
Not infrequently, the child learns to write his name before learning all the letters or writing other words.

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