Bonding Through Reading
Parent and child bonding is essential to each and every child out there, and reading with your child is a simple way to establish a strong and nurturing bond between parent and child. Yes, reading stories provides an easy and GUARANTEED way to bond and really connect with your child. In these uncertain times in our world, our children need to know that we adore them and care for them enough to take the time to give THEM our undivided attention. Now. . . once we give them our undivided attention, we get their undivided attention in return. A simple way to accomplish this is by reading children’s stories together.
Many parents don’t realize that it is not necessarily the quantity time you spend with your children, but the quality time that matters. The stay-at-home mom might be physically present – spending time on the phone, working on the computer, or doing housework - but isn't providing the nurturing time her kids need. The same goes for the father who says, "I love you," but is too busy to take the time to read a bedtime story. His words might say, "I love you," but his actions are yelling, "YOU AREN'T IMPORTANT ENOUGH!" We, as parents, have to remember to view our actions through a child's eyes.
The old saying, "actions speak louder than words," is so true where children are concerned. Reading gives us the opportunity as parents to forge a secure and loving parent and child bonding with our children.