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Dads, Pampers Says, Read To Your Kids
Most people would think of moms doing the reading to the kids. But Pampers understands dads should also be playing a role in encouraging reading. Pampers recently wrote a post on their website explaining the importance of dads reading to their kids:
-Reading together creates emotional and physical bonds with children. Fathers who read have closer relationships with their children than those who do not.
-Books keep Dads involved, especially Dads who are at work all day. Children often develop inside jokes and special voices through reading aloud. When Dads read, they get involved in their children’s language development – and feel more included in family conversation.
-Fathers often use several voices, tones, volumes, and special sounds when they read aloud. Dads make reading fun! It’s important for children to hear several voices to increase their comprehension and be entertained by books.
-Dads are often interested in different subjects. They’re likely to choose new books that will expose kids to a whole new range of topics and perspectives. Plus, reading will create common interests for the future (such as sports or cars) between a father and a child.
-Fathers who read become especially great role models for their sons. Boys are more likely than girls to read below grade level. Dads who read make boys want to spend more time with books. Research shows that boys with Dads who read aloud score higher in reading achievement than those who don’t.
Tips for Dads
Pampers didn’t stop with explaining to dads the importance of reading, they actually provided tips for how dads can more easily find ways to encourage reading to their kids. Here’s a few of Pampers ideas:
-Plan “Dad” field trips to the library or bookstore! Children will look forward to these special occasions!
-Make it fun! Use a sticker chart to keep track of number of books/minutes of reading with Dad.
-Establish traditions. Choose certain “Daddy” books that become part of the bedtime ritual.
-Be aware of your own screen time. If children see you constantly in front of a television or computer, or staring at your phone, they ‘ll think it’s OK to do the same.
-Find a special place in your house to read – such as a comfy armchair – just for you and your child.
-Make reading come alive. Act out scenes of books, or do activities (sports, crafts, cooking) together based on what you read.
-Enjoy your own reading for pleasure. If you’re in the habit of reading, it will become more natural for you to spend time reading to your children.
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