Child Caring

How often do you read to your children at night?

According to this survey by the non-profit, Reading Is Fundamental and Macy's, 2/3 of parents don't read to their children every night. Are you one of them? I hope not! (The survey shows that this 2/3 majority does read to their kids, but not more than three times a week.)

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Research shows a strong correlation between being read to and academic success. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that reading can make a baby smarter and while I hate that kind of hyperbole, there's no question in my mind that there are untold benefits to reading to your child, starting from infancy and continuing through grade school. (Here's an anecdote I once shared about reading to my son when he was a baby.) I always loved the intimacy reading together gave us and I know my husband would say the same thing. In fact, I still have a big library of books from our son's early childhood years. Even as Eli got older, we still read together. Harry Potter books, for instance.

In the survey, many parents who don't read to their children were read to when they were kids. So why don't they return the favor? Lack of time is a big issue. Many parents also say that they spend time in front of a screen with their kids. Not the same!

So what's your story? How often do you read to your children? What are some of your favorite books for kids of all ages? I hope we hear from you!