21 Dec, 2019
When I came across an article titled “35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget” by Joshua Becker at www.becomingminimalist.com, my brain was racing a mile a minute with all the wonderful things listed and all the ways Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! fits into this list!
The article starts out with a quote from Kahlil Gibran that reads: “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
What do we give our children when we’re reading to them or they are reading to us? Our undivided attention. Our time. Our praise. Our desire to connect with them.
What are we giving our children when we’re creating art with them? Again, the gift of those three things; our time, attention, and praise. And these truly are gifts. In the rushed world we live in, it’s sometimes easy to let another day go by…and then another…where we don’t sit down and spend time with our children.
Reading, writing, and art are three ways to spend this quality time. In fact, number two on this author’s list of gifts your children will never forget is ART. And number seven? CURIOSITY! Don’t these things – as well as reading and writing – go hand in hand? Spending time with our children, creatively, sparks and feeds their curiosity.
A little more than halfway down the list is number 16 – IMAGINATION! The name is even in my book! That’s what Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! is all about. Igniting imagination and seeing where it can take you and your child.
And I absolutely love number 19 – LIFELONG LEARNING. In my book, I have a page near the end that is dedicated to reminding readers what they have learned. Here are just a few examples of what children can learn from Reading Is Fun! Imagine That!
How growing is more than just becoming taller and bigger; about genes and hereditary; about the future; making decisions; saving money; the writing process; countless new words.
There are things I purposely put in there to make sure children begin thinking far beyond the words they’re reading or the craft they’re making. I designed this book for lifelong learning – a tool they can return to and apply to their lives for many years to come.
The article points out with number 28 that SELF-ESTEEM is a gift you can give to your child, and I couldn’t agree more. It states: “People who learn to value themselves are more likely to have self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. As a result, they are more likely to become adults who respect their values and stick to them… even when no one else is.”
I dedicated a whole story-poem to this theme called “My Wishes.” It talks about children wishing they were someone else, and then realizing why those other ways of being aren’t healthy for them.
Lastly, number 32 on the list is TIME. I sincerely believe that nothing else is more important in a child’s life than receiving time from their parents. Time for the parents to listen to their words; to talk with them and understand deeply who they are; time to just sit in silence and hold each other; time to appreciate and enjoy one another. So much can come from those moments.
As we approach the holiday season, I hope you’ll keep these things in mind and let Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! help.
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