It will be silly on my part to try and glorify the benefits of reading for kids. Even a 19th century parent would know that. Huh. Instead, I’ve decided to take on an even bigger mandate. My objective today is to depict what I am doing in my personal capacity to support the UAE government’s initiative to promote 2016 as the year of reading. So, read on 🙂
To begin with, meal times in my house have taken a completely new dimension these days. Every plate of food is now accompanied by a book. So, while my little girl is fussing around at the dinner table, mommy dear is busy trying to distract her with the antics of a Mr. Impossible, Mr. Muddle, Little Miss Wise and/or Little Miss Stubborn. In fact, this approach is working so well that there are times when we read a couple of them back to back, while trying to finish the last few bites on the plate.
Taking this new-found enthusiasm to a whole new level, the last month has also witnessed both mommy and daddy take on the role of reading volunteers at school. So while I went and read ‘Little Lucy goes to school’, my husband tackled the more macho subject of ‘Noddy and the Clockwork Mouse’. The questions that followed gave us some wonderful insights into the minds of little children. It also made us realize how having an INFINITE degree of patience is an absolute pre-requisite for a teaching job involving a bunch of 6 years olds!!
A major lifestyle change in the direction has been the daily ritual of switching off our internet connection at 9 pm sharp. Willingly or unwillingly, directly or indirectly, this has prompted me to read before I go to bed. One might argue that there is the TV; however, lets not forget that once my husband is back home after a long, tiring day at work, he gets the exclusive rights to this medium of entertainment. Honestly, I’m not complaining.
Reading at bedtime is a an excellent sleep-inducer. Secondly, its great for enhancing my writing skills. And lastly, it can be such an addiction, I end up doing it during the day as well. And that’s when my child is watching me.
A wise man once said, ‘Children are great imitators. Give them something great to imitate’.
Mission reading – accomplished.