Reading is such an important skill. We often take this for granted, but where I grew up, and in much of the world still today, many people, especially moms, grandmothers, and girls, are not provided with the opportunity to learn how to read. I have always been an avid reader, since I was little girl - this is how I grew to love to write as well. And I have always appreciated and enjoyed every opportunity I get to read. Here's why:
1) Reading is an amazing way to relax. Picking up a travel magazine or a novel about some wonderful, exotic world can transport you instantly to a different place, a different time, a different feeling. I read every night before I go to sleep. It helps me unwind, and takes my mind off of everything. Mostly, I read exciting mysteries.
2) Reading is a wonderful way to learn. Through books, you can learn about history, cooking, or science. You can learn how to fix a car or tell a good joke; you can learn just about anything. Kids love learning from books too. If you have not already, the next time you are trying to help your child through some developmental or leaning stage, be it big or small, look for fun age- appropriate books about it. Your child will respond incredibly fast, you'll see. We have used books to help teach our child so many things from potty training to overcoming fears. Our daughter has learned so much from books already and she cannot even read yet. She has learned about bugs and other countries and friendship, she has learned to identify the letters of the alphabet and colors and shapes. How to be less afraid of monsters or dentists or worms. How to use her imagination to create her own fun stories for herself. It's so nice to see how she learns through books, because I know it's something that will serve her well and help her through life in so many ways.
3) Reading is something you can share with everyone, forever. I love sharing the books and stories from my childhood with my daughter and her friends and even cousins. I love sharing grown-up books with my friends, neighbors and family. Libraries, where books are free to be shared with you and your entire community, are also such wonderful spaces to learn from and enjoy on your own or with your kid.
I could go on, and on, and on about the importance of reading to me. But the real point I wanted to make, actually, was how important I think it is to make time for your own reading, and time for reading with you family, every day.
Do you enjoy reading, alone or with your family? What do you like to read?