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One of my favorite things about parenting is reading aloud to my children. I don’t stop once they are able read to themselves. I don’t stop when they reach the teen years. Even my husband appreciates being read to. He will often ask me to read to him because he finds it so soothing. What a loss we all would feel if I gave up reading aloud to my family!
Five reasons to read aloud to your teens:
- People – even adults – like to be read to. Audio books are a billion, yes billion, dollar industry.
- Listening to someone read to you can be a bonding experience. The human voice is very pleasant to listen to. We have dealt with some attachment issues with one of our children. I can see out of the corner of my eye how she watches me when I read to her. It is a very enjoyable and non-intimidating way for her to learn my face and continue to get to know me.
- It is a way to enjoy quality time together without the distractions of the world. The phone can go to voice mail. The laptop is shut and there are no alarms telling me what facebook and e-mail are doing. The TV is turned off. I sometimes put on calm classical music and brew some tea to share with my listeners.
- Reading aloud is a great way to introduce vocabulary, the pronunciation of words, and new ideas. Wrestling with hard books can be a great way for everyone to learn. We can hash out these concepts together.
- Most cultures have an oral tradition. Stories and histories were passed down by word of mouth. I think it is inherent in human beings to want to hear and repeat a good story.
And C.S. Lewis and Turkish delight? Well, spending an evening having your mom read to you while you eat a sweet treat might just be something you remember for a very long time.
So, do you read aloud to anyone in your life or does anybody read to you? Are you an audio book fan?