Just because your child can read independently doesn’t mean you should stop reading out loud to them
So your child can read by him/herself now and you think you should stop reading out loud to him/her? No! There are many benefits to continuing.
Many parents wanting to do what’s best for their child wonder when they should start reading to their child. Before birth? Immediately after birth? At 6 months of age? Some also wonder whether they should only be reading to their child at bedtime. If this sounds familiar, find out all you need to know to make the right reading decision for your child.
Reading out loud is one of the best things you can do for the child in your life. It helps build strong literacy and language skills as well as things like social-emotional skills.
I’ve heard it said that nappy changing time is a ‘special time of bonding’ with your baby ‘full of happy songs and cherished routines like pretend toe eating’ (am I the only one who had never previously considered pretending to eat my baby’s toes?). And sure, you do get some one-on-one time with Bub. However, given the difficulties many parents face with feelings of inadequacy when all they see on social media is photo after photos of 100% together parents with their perfect little angels, I thought today I’d do a fun post about one of the not so fun moments in the life of a parent. So if you’ve ever had a disaster nappy change (and seriously, we all have, regardless of what people show on social media) hopefully you’ll find this at least a little amusing – and maybe comforting on those days where it feels like everything is going wrong. And for those expectant parents, here’s a sneak peak of what you’re in for!