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Three New Year’s Promises to Build Relationships with Your Kids

by Rebecca Eanes


3. Read aloud to them every day. The benefits of reading aloud to your children are numerous, but perhaps the biggest benefit is slowing down and savoring time together. Everyone from babies to teens and adult children benefit from being read to. Most people are aware that reading to young children improves literacy skills, listening skills, and a host of other goodies, but parents tend to stop reading aloud when children become skilled at reading, but did you know that a child’s listening level is above their reading level until about the eighth grade? That means they hear better than they read, and they can enjoy more complicated books with interesting plots that will keep them coming back for more. Read them books a couple of grades above their grade level. Reading aloud also improves their vocabulary skills, teaches life lessons, and it looks like certain books even improve tolerance.

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Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.


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