The image of a child tucked up in bed with their parent sat beside them, book in hand, is one that resonates with us all. A nightly habit for most families, this activity is considered a crucial part of childhood and the role of the storyteller is one of the best parenting privileges. Though evidently an ingenious tool in ensuring your child will be exhausted enough to fall asleep, there are a wide range of benefits in bedtime reading with your child, and eventually in having your child read to you.

1. Cultivating Their Minds at Bedtime

The concern of any parent is giving their child the necessary tools they need in order to have a prosperous, fulfilling life. As ever, this task begins at home. Reading is one of the most important communication tools that we have available to us and is fundamental in establishing essential pathways in the brain in early learners. As study author John Hutton, MD says: ‘Reading exposure during the critical stage of development prior to nursery seems to have a meaningful, measurable impact on how a child’s brain processes stories and may help predict reading success.’

Not only does it further basic speech and reading skills but it has been shown to promote better communication skills which are essential at any stage in your child’s life, whether this is making friends in the playground or reading aloud in class.

Image of a mother and child bedtime reading

Through continuing with a story on a daily basis, bedtime reading with your child can have a fantastic effect on enhancing your child’s attention span. In this way they can concentrate for longer in school, bettering their education overall. Following a story can also improve their use of logic, as they think of ways in which their favourite characters can overcome the obstacles that are facing them.

Looking For A Good Bedtime Story?

Finding a good bedtime story that will benefit your child doesn’t have to be hard. Follow the link in the image below to find The Bedtime Story Finder, which will help you find the perfect books for bedtime reading for all ages:

Bedtime Story Finder

Click the image to see the Bedtime Story Finder

2. Expanding Their Emotional Understanding

Reading is not often immediately thought of as an instrumental tool in discussions about emotional health, but any avid reader will tell you of the times they cried or laughed at a good piece of writing.

Bedtime reading with your child can help them to approach difficult topics in a safe environment, where they can explore powerful emotions through the medium of fiction. It can be used as a means to approach and overcome big milestones that can trigger emotional changes in your child. It can also teach them an integral lesson in empathy.

Sharing these experiences together can foster a stronger connection between parent and child. It can also provide you with ample topics for conversations between the two of you.

3. Opening The Door To Other Worlds Through Bedtime Reading

Perhaps most obvious of all the reasons why to read to your child, the effect reading has on an individual’s imagination is unparalleled. Books, magazines, atlases and journals – and any type of reading material that they can get their hands on – allows your child to explore both our world and fictional ones.

Image of siblings bedtime reading

Reading to your child can take you on fantastic journeys. Together you can clamber through jungles, scale mountains or swim to hidden depths, without even having to step through your front door. It can also help to express their individuality. Aiding them in discovering interests that may not be covered by their school curriculum.

Perhaps most importantly, reading to your child is the perfect opportunity to spend time together. And if you read to them before bed, it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll have sweet dreams.

Related: How Important Are Bedtime Stories For Children?

Do you read to your child for a different reason? Let us know in the comments below.