When a child can read, they are advantaged in many ways. Reading is great for our brain and broadens our view point as well as our children’s. It builds their esteem and helps them cope better at school which is good emotionally and mentally. The benefits are more than the cost of doing it. What is a good age to start reading to your child is a question I have been asked several times. Whether it is a parent, a grandparent or other care giver that gets to read this, it is never too early to start reading to a child. For mothers, reading positive and happy materials while pregnant is helpful because the baby in you starts to recognize the voice and can feel the emotions of the mother. Once children are born, they begin to learn the same day. Reading out softly inspiring reading by the baby is beneficial. Even though they are not talking to you, they can hear you. As they start to follow your movement with their eyes, read baby books while pointing to each word you read. Babies have short attention span and will look away once their attention is worn. It is wonderful to read softly without often even when not directly to the baby. But make a point to read directly to them while pointing at the words at least once each day. You will be amazed how quickly your child will learn to read and love to read. As they get older, they will still enjoy reading with you even when they learn how to read on their own. They will want to share the joy of whatever they are reading. Even though it is usually boring for parents and other adult, do it for the child and keep a positive attitude to encourage them. Out of experience, both of my children were reading completely on their own by the time they entered kindergarten and still love to read. It is worth the commitment. If you haven’t started, it is never too late. Find age appropriate books for your children and take even 15 minutes a day to read together. Kids ted to enjoy what they see their parents enjoying. Making reading a priority for their sake even though you are not a reader currently. Your children will thank you and you might actually like reading eventually which is great for your brain and life.
“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."