Improve The Bond With Your Children By Reading Them A Bedtime Story

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” What a lovely thought for a child to contemplate. This is a quote f5om Dr. Suess’s “Horton Hears A Who!” If you’ve ever read to your children, you do not need to be told that it is the right thing to do. Reading to your children is an act as natural as breathing. It becomes obvious with each question they ask and each phrase they memorize. However, if just the act in itself isn’t enough to convince you, here are some more scientific examples of how your relationship with your child is enriched by sharing bedtime stories.

The Research
According to the Reid Lyon, the behavior branch chief of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, “Neural research shows that when parents and caregivers interact verbally with children–which includes reading to them–kids learn a great deal more than we ever thought possible.” Reading to a child can help the child develop morals and creativity, and children are never too young to start.

The Benefits

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Develops Communication
Reading a story to your baby helps them to develop their listening, memory, and language recognition skills. It is also a good way to give them the chance to hear words they might not hear otherwise, especially ones which are less likely to come up in everyday speech. Bedtime stories can also improve a child’s memory. You will find that with repetition, children will begin to remember dialogues and story lines, and will often chime in with a spoiler or two.

Creates Routine
Children like to know what’s coming next. Reading a story is an assuring way of letting your child know its time for bed. Not only does the routine element keep stress levels down, the activity itself calms them and helps them sleep better at night.

Increase Imagination
Sometimes, it is hard to believe children’s imaginations need any stimulation, but listening to a story and looking at pictures gives them ideas and helps to motivate their creativity. Reading to children encourages them to question behaviors and develop comprehension skills and increase general cognition.

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Stronger Bond
If you’re a parent you know that nothing is better than cuddling up with your child after a long day. Adding books to that experience can strengthen the bond between you by engaging in a shared activity.

Good Habits
When you read to your children, you are instilling them with a love of books. You are their greatest inspiration and the behavior you model is the behavior they’ll imitate. Although it may be hard for busy parents to carve out time to read to their children, bedtime can be a great opportunity to pass on an invaluable gift.

What are your children’s favorite bedtime tales? Let us know what you recommend for giving children the sweetest dreams.

Resveralife Reports: Studies Find that Teens Need More Time With Parents

We’re all guilty of it: as parents, life is hectic, busy, and downright overwhelming at times. In this day and age, it can be difficult to find time to take a bathroom break let alone set aside time for ourselves. Many of us have a difficult time managing the small amount of time we are given in the day, fitting everything in that needs to be done. Often times, we tend to overlook things that should be more important to us – family.

Studies have shown that not only do young children need time with their parents, but teens do, too. Now more than ever before, teenagers are making themselves heard and letting their parents know that they need more time with dear mom and dad. Resveralife wants to offer you some tips and advice on how you can go about implementing more time with your teen, and things you can do together to make that time memorable.

Make Time

Rushing around all day long may leave you frazzled and stressed by day’s end. Work should be left at work, as home and family life should come first and foremost once you walk through the door. Perhaps you have your entire after work schedule booked for a month out with friends, clubs, organizations and personal appointments. Change them. Break dates. Do whatever it is you need to do to ensure you are available for your teen. They deserve your time more than anything and anyone else does, and the only one capable of making time for them is you. Don’t let precious time slip by so you’re left regretting the time not spent in the end. Rather, be sure to set aside a specific time frame that is just for them so they can feel special every single day. Take one day out of the weekend and do something special together as well. Take a bike ride, a walk, or watch a movie. Whatever you do, make it count – life is short, and we only have our children for a short while before they leave home and head off to college, or move away. Embrace the time you can have with them here and now.

Find Common Ground

Find topics you both can relate to, and talk about them. Find out what they’re interested in, and show a genuine interest in the topic. Even if it’s something you know nothing about, show interest. Doing some research on their favorite band or singer or perhaps that particular hobby they have might allow you to appreciate it more how they see it. Find activities you are both interested in, and pursue them together.

Be Non Judgmental

One of the biggest reasons why teens feel as though they can’t talk to their parents is because they are afraid their parents might disapprove of them or what is on their mind. Keep an open mind and let them know you are always available for them to talk to you – no matter the topic, or the time. If they feel the need to wake you up in the middle of the night because they can’t sleep and need advice, get up, make some hot chocolate, sit at the table with them and be there. It can really hurt a teen’s confidence to know they can’t approach their parents about any topic, no matter how big or small. Show them unconditional love – no matter what.

Let Them Know You Love Them

Everyone expresses love in different ways, but teens need to know you love them just as much – if not more – than children. They like to be told you love and care about them. High school can take a toll on a teen’s mentality, and the struggles they are faced with every day, including making good decisions, choosing the right types of friends, and even who they choose to date – all comes down to whether or not they feel loved. For girls, this is a very impressionable time in which they could opt to make the wrong decision based upon their emotional well-being. Much the same for boys, the teen years is where a boy learns to become a man and exhibits signs of how the rest of his life will be. If a teen feels loved, he is more than likely to exhibit that love in healthy ways rather than make bad decisions.

No matter what you have going on in your life, always remember to make time out for your teen. They love getting your advice and spending time with you, even if they might not act like it at times. They’re still children, and they still need their parents. Push life aside and make room for your teen today.