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The Importance of Teaching Children to Love Reading

by Paula Wilson

Alot of children today are not developing a love of reading that will help them be successful adults. As parents, our fundamental duty is to prepare our children for adulthood. We give them our love and our time, and by doing this we are preparing them to face the world. Teaching them to read and to love reading will also help prepare them to face the world with confidence and to be successful. Let us not forget what our job is as we continue to help our children grow into healthy and happy adults.

One of my favorite pictures of me was taken when I was about 11/2 years old. I was sitting in a little red rocking chair made by my grandfather reading a book to a big orange a white cat who was sitting in my lap. I am 28 years old now and two of my greatest loves are reading and cats. Ok, maybe my love for cats has not made me successful, but I know that my love for reading has helped me become the person I am today. I am so grateful to my parents for instilling in me a love for reading and education. I don’t remember sitting in that little red chair reading that book, but I do have very fond memories of my mom and dad reading to me, helping me learn to read, and later on helping me with my homework. Because of that healthy respect I have for education, I was able to succeed in college and graduate school. I have a 11/2 year old son now, and I know how important it is to teach him to have a love for reading. I hope that all parents will realize this and will get their children involved in reading at an early age.

About The Author
Paula Wilson is the mother of a 1 year old son. She has developed the WAHM website She is an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books, and her website can be found here:

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I’m with you on that reading to your children is so important. On top of all the educational reasoning behind reading to your children, I have found that it has been a bonding time for me and my son. He is now eleven and in the sixth grade but still enjoys having me read to him. As we read, there are times when he interrupts me to tell what he thinks is going to happen next or to discuss something that just happened or he may interrupt to ask what a word means. Alot of times I find myself laughing… Read more »
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