Another Study Says You Should Read to Children

Another Study Says You Should Read to Children
MedicineNet distributes health and medical information provided by doctors via various newsletters. The featured article in the Children's Health and Parenting newsletter for April 7, 2018, was about reading to your children.

The article begins:

Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests.

A new study? Reading to children is certainly nothing new. I thought that the benefits of reading to a child were or are so well-known that one would not think a study would be necessary.

But there have been so many write-ups and reports about the negative and even damaging effects of technology on children, especially how tech toys and tools adversely impact their social skills and how they don't know how to behave among real people because they have become accustomed to a virtual reality.

I am guessing that pediatricians and others who participated in this study thought it was needful to show proof of the positive behavioral impact that results from reading to children. 675 families took part in a program which ran from birth to age 3 where the adult caretakers read (and also played) with the children.

The children were evaluated 18 months later after the program had ended and it turns out they were well-behaved and paid attention. It is said that they maintained the behavior and attention skills they gained during the program.

Not sure why anybody would be surprised at the results of the study.

Also not sure why anybody needed to be convinced that reading to a child has an extremely positive impact on their psychological, emotional and social development.

  • If you are a parent or grandparent or someone tasked with the responsibility of caring for young children (infants and toddlers), do you read to the children?

  • If you don't, do you at least make books available and perhaps encourage their siblings or others to read to them?

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Reinberg, Steven. Reading to Your Kids Might Boost Their Social Skills. ~ MedicineNet, MedicineNet, Inc., 7 Apr. 2018,

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I never had the privilege of my parents reading to me especially during bedtime periods before going to sleep but I know of the benefits it comes with and I would never miss a day without reading to my kids before they go to sleep. It helps works on their subconscious mind as they sleep in making them not have horrible nightmares.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-17-2018
Yeah I agree with you. That is one of the reason why I love my parents hanging in my room when it is my bed time. I feel safer and out of so much horrible nightmares.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-17-2018
The mind plays a huge trick on any individual, and if you can find a way to trick the mind into thinking what you want it to think especially when it's children minds, it's most likely to go according to plan. This is a very good reason why reading loving fairly tales stories to kids before they sleep offers peace when they sleep.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-18-2018
As soon as I was introduced to alphabets, my father bought a story book for me. Since it was too early for me to read the book, my father used to read one story every day. When my father read the book, I used to sit on his lap and scan the words on the pages. My father reading encouraged me to read.
Posted by vinaya on 07-17-2018
You are very lucky to have your father read for you when you are small. I would affix my childhood experience to not being the same with my parents reading to me as well because of our way of life. African parents don't have such things as reading to their kids in bed as norm years ago. They just started copying it as a foreign culture and it's actually a good thing to do because I'm doing it now for my kids.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-18-2018
Like you, my parents never read to me. But my mother believed in having lots of books in the house. Reading perhaps causes beautiful dreams, especially if you read to the child before bedtime, but clearly helps develop the child's mind and character. The incidental benefit is the lifetime memory of beautiful moments shared between parent and child.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-21-2018
Everything about how kids are treated and brought up in the world today is practically different from what we witnessed in our childhood. I don't know what to call it other than the world got smarter in recent years. So, it's a benefit that our own kids get to enjoy since we didn't experience it but we can offer it to them now.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-24-2018
It will be a big help on raising your child. It will develop such a great relationship if you do it habitually. They will feel so much depended to you and feel safer every time you read them books until they got to sleep.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-17-2018
I have 14 months old child. My child is already interested in books. Whenever he sees a book he tries to imitate reading. Since my parents read books to me, I will also be reading books to my child. Reading helps the child in many ways.
Posted by vinaya on 07-17-2018
My two sons never missed a single night without either my wife or myself doing the honors of reading to them and putting them to sleep. Both of them are quite a thing with me, they actually prefer me being the one to read to them always. I have to sometimes pretend to be asleep in order for them to agree to their mother read to them.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-19-2018
I think reading bedtime and fairy tale stories to children is quite good in honing their listening and comprehension skills. Reading stories helps children in developing their imagination also it helps them in determining what is true and what is fantasy.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 07-17-2018
Remember that the mind processes what it's been fed, so depending on the kind of information being read to the children would determine how they reason, behave and act in some certain way. In as much as fairytale stories are good, it should be reduced to some extent.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-19-2018
My parents don't actually read me bedtime stories. But rather we tell stories of certain events that happen to us when I was little until now. Yes, they read me stories or books if there is a lesson I don't understand. I am taking care of my little brother since he was a baby up until now. He is 5 now. I don't read bedtime stories to him nor read any type of books. But even if I don't we still bond very well, he grows up to be talkative, he socializes and he is also a smart kid. We teach and bond with him by playing with him at the same time teaching him. I sometimes tell him what happen to the cartoon his watching or I would ask him and listen to his stories. Me and my parents also teach him how to read without books. Like, when he is eating a snack, we would teach him how to read his snack and the next time he eats it again he would read it on his own. So, my point is. It is okay to read books to children to enhance their learning, bonding and socialize but I think we should find ways to enhance this in a way where they would be interested in. We should find ways. And I think it depends on the babysitter or parents on how they teach their child to enhance this things.
Posted by Anonymous on 07-17-2018
LOL. You just brought back a memory. We used to like reading the back of the cereal boxes. As I recall some of them used to have fun stuff to read.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-21-2018
I think this is more of a bonding time with your child. I also think that whenever you read books, they will learn new things or lessons in life. I was used to my mother reading to me books when I was a child. I enjoyed it a lot and I felt the love from her. I suggest that all mother should do this before your child turns into adults or teens.
Posted by bienn05 on 07-17-2018
Exactly. You said this the best way I would ever have put it. Spending quality time reading with and to your kids before they sleep is going to add a huge bond between the parent and the child. Whenever I'm away on a travel, my sons have a hard time to sleep because they are more comfortable with me reading to them.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-19-2018
It is good to read to your children because they easily learn easily how to behave and do some things positively when they are being read to.
Posted by babyright on 07-17-2018
True. Explaining things to kids is a good idea. And we learn a lot of small things from the process. You can see that some of the time children may also need the guidance on many points. And those are the things we should be working hard as well.
Posted by overcast on 08-17-2018
Yes, reading is a good way to teach your child to also be a reader. Reading makes you a better speaker and listener. It also expands your vocabulary.
Posted by on 07-17-2018
I think people pre internet used to do that to kids. And it was definitely one of those things which were good in many ways. You can see that reading to children habit definitely pays off. And that's what I would be doing as well for future. But for now I am not in the phase of that and have no kids either.
Posted by overcast on 07-18-2018
We have a routine of reading to our children each night. It's amazing the difference it can make in terms of them recognizing words and being able to then read the books themselves!
Posted by amelia88 on 07-19-2018
Appreciate all of these responses. They indicate that even though technology practically overwhelms our lives, many parents still believe in having “quality time” with their children and that reading is usually the way they spend that time.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-21-2018
I also believe that reading books to children has good benefits. Rather than giving them phones or tablets or ipads and spend theie time watching youtube, why not we as adults read them stories. They can learn how to listen and interact with real people. I do believe that children who were used in listening to their parents while they read books have a better manner than those who grow up with just technology and those who do not interact more to people.
Posted by lei08pineda on 07-22-2018
I agree that reading to your children is beneficial not only to the children but also to the parent. Reading is one way of bonding especially when the stories you read are getting somewhat serious. I remember my childhood days when my mother would challenge us about the ending of the story. We would stretch our minds to think of something sensible. But the best benefit is the closeness of the child to the parent that is developed thru reading.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-22-2018
Well, reading to your children is i think beneficial because most children's specially five years old below relies more in parents. Reading books or stories to them make them more understand and appreciate the general benefits of reading a book. Its a also a form of bonding which i think is important to parents and children relationship.
Posted by fishbate on 07-22-2018
You have a very good point about the importance of parents reading to their children. In as much as it's going to help them psychologically when they are sleeping in order to have a good night sleep, it also serves as a learning or education session for the kids because the more they are being read to, the more chances they learn how to read.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-24-2018
My parents used to read me stories before bedtime everynight when I was a kid. That really helped me a lot to be prepared in my early school. In my first grade of school I can tell that I have been acquainted with preparatory learning during those times when my parents used to read me stories before bedtime.
Posted by timothyP on 07-23-2018
My mom used to read me and my sister bedtime stories every night, still remember we weren't wealthy, but she invested a lot of money on buying books for us. Now I have to say thank you to my mom, because I learned to read when I was just 3 years old, never had issues with grammar or literature at school, and I love to read a lot! Honestly, parents please read books, magazines, brochures, to your kids, take them to libraries and bookstores, give the example by reading with them, that will make them smarter and clever.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-24-2018
i read sometimes to my kids especially the era I was a pre-school teacher I just reading to the children so i developed the habit of reading to kids even to my kids.I just have to ignite the light again to start reading more often to my kids.
Posted by lovely on 07-25-2018
I think reading to your children is precious. I don't think you need a scientific study to learn how to connect to them. Those who have been read to know the importance of that connection with our parents. Its good to teach your kids to listen to and tell stories when they are still young. I believe it affects their outlook on life and they become positive human beings. They learn how to analyse from an early age. I know some parents who start to read to their kids when they are still in the stomach, I think that is super super cool.I think reading to our kids is something we should all strive to do.
Posted by jaymish on 07-25-2018
You never really got in the wrong directions with reading hobby. As long as you read healthy books it is a very good activity. Especially reading with your loved ones. And as the topic said, reading to your own son or daughter really help them grow up with a good relationship with their parents.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-25-2018
I firmly believe that caring for our family is one best way to show our love and how precious they are to us especially our young ones. It would really be beneficial for our children if we exert time and effort to read to them whenever we can. Reading to our younger siblings or the young ones in our family will have greater impact on building their language, vocabulary, comprehension that will speed up the learning and development of skills. It will also help to improve their memory and concentration as well. After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything that we do.
Posted by Marako0406 on 07-26-2018
Reading to your children creates a strong bond. It will be part of their childhood that they will always remember when they grow up. When you read to your children, you open their imagination. Even if you read the same story over and over again, they don't run out of excitement unlike we adults do with repetition. You also introduce to them the importance of reading and that learning new things is fun. It's a good way to spend quality time with your kids and downtime moment after a long busy day.
Posted by Chinet23 on 07-26-2018
Reading books to your kids is an irreplaceable/priceless memory. This is also a good bonding for parents and kids, it can bring us closer to each other. That also show how we love our kids. Being a kid is not a lifetime, their came a time that they will grow up where you cant read story books to them anymore. so lets enjoy the moment while they are still kids while they our not that busy to just sit on your lap while listening to our story. Let's not waste that once in a lifetime opportunity.
Posted by blackmist on 08-08-2018
I'm not yet a parent but I strongly believe that reading books to children has a lot of good effects. Reading is a good way to expand school readiness of a child. When you read to a child, you improve his vocabulary, language, and comprehension skills. Reading to them is not just all about helping them mentally but also it is one way of showing your love and care to your children. Take this opportunity while they are young because this is something you won't be able to do as a parent when your children became adults.
Posted by superlicca on 08-12-2018
I believed that reading books to children is very much helpful. Child will be more active in listening and it will enhance their comprehension capabilities. I think letting to listen in alphabet songs and other nursery songs are good help to develop them mentally.
Posted by mark86 on 08-13-2018
I think we all agree to the fact that a child will benefit a lot from listening to their parents read them books not just at night but at any time of the day. First it improves their listening skills, comprehension and imagination. It also increases their vocabularies. Second, they will develop a habit of reading books as well. Growing up with books is a great habit to develop. It will continuously exercise their brains to think and be filled with information.
Posted by mdayrit on 08-14-2018