Everyday parenting challenges

A woman and her daughter share a picture book. The article title is overlaid across the image

Top 6 tips for including more shared reading in your child’s daily routine

 

In a survey I recently conducted, one of the most common reasons why parents and carers didn’t read out loud to their children more was because either they or their children didn’t have enough time. Given how important it is to read out loud to children, I thought I’d share some tips on how to build more shared reading into your daily routine.

Text reads: When should you read to your child? And there are three images - one of a pregnant lady, one of a newborn and one of an older child

When should you read to your child?

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.

A man reading a picture book to a young child

Why is reading out loud good for kids?

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.

A reusable modern cloth nappy and a disposable nappy on a change mat

10 annoying things children do at nappy changing time

 

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!