Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It would be more apt if we said: “Books are a child’s best friend”. Yes, books are a child’s BFF-Best Friend Forever.
Books have become relics of the past, in this age of ebooks and Kindle. If one talks of good old books in printed papyrus, you will be looked at as if you are an extra-terrestrial! But reading books is not a lost art and it shouldn’t be!
Why reading books isn’t a lost art?
The World Culture Score Index shows that the highest number of hours per week spent on reading a book is in India! An Indian spends nearly 10.42 hours a week reading while an American spent only 5.42 hours per week.
In fact, the Pew Research Centre released statistic that proved that percentage of the Americans who read books over the last 12 months remained unchanged at 73% from 2012 to 2016. This startling statistics only prove that reading books has still not lost its glamour.
Reading books cannot definitely be called a lost art as most doctors still recommend reading to children as the best form of bonding with them. The American Paediatric Association insists that parents should start reading aloud to children from birth. When parents start reading aloud, the child automatically picks up the habit of picking up a book and reading. this is how reading books can be instilled into young children.
American Public speaker and Motivational Trainer Brian Tracy claims that “If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.”
Reasons why reading books isn’t a lost art and it should be encouraged
Reading books must be encouraged among children for the following reasons
A child who reads becomes a person who can understand others better. Research by the University of Toronto reveals that reading shapes the personality by changing some traits. Feelings of empathy, compassion, understanding and qualities of leadership and proactiveness come through reading.
Like your body, even your mind needs a workout sometimes. Reading stimulates the brain cells and keeps them alert and active. Medical research has proved that the reading habit delays dementia and Alzheimer’s among elders and controls ADHD in children.
Reading as a habit is highly beneficial in instilling discipline in children. When a child reads a chapter in an interesting book, he automatically wants to move on to the next chapter. This enforces consistency and completion to his reading and makes these traits a part of his personality. Secondly, the child learns to preserve and care for his favourite book. No child would like to see his favourite book torn, stained or dog-eared. Caring for one’s belongings and responsibility towards one’s possession comes automatically by handling books.
Reading books teaches your child time management. The child is in eager anticipation to read and finish the book. So he would schedule his other tasks accordingly to make time for reading the book. This is how reading books teach your child task scheduling and time management.
5.Concentration and analytical skills
Concentration means focussing all your attention on to something. This is what reading accomplishes. When you read, you have to be in a zone and focus your mind on the book.
When your child in front of the computer, his attention is scattered by the different distractions it offers in terms of pop-ups, messages, ads, videos etc. These diversions decrease your child’s ability to concentrate slowly.
Encourage your child to read more books. This will make him develop his concentration and analytical skills.
Best way to unwind
After a stressful day of studying at school. books are the best way to unwind. Reading relaxes your mind as it transports you to a different realm of imagination altogether.
Books have been found to educate, motivate and inspire students. Teach your child the reading habit and let’s practise the art of reading.
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