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1. Enrich Your Child's Life
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2. Raise IQ
This study shows that reading to your child in an interactive manner raises IQ and makes your child smarter.
3. Improve Focus
Reading can improve your child's attention span, concentration and focus, according to this article .
4. Improve Memory
A study concluded that reading helps stimulate autobiographical memories, which in turn strengthens the ability to recall information.
5. Improve Curiosity
Develop higher-order thinking skills by asking your child questions about the book, enabling deeper curiosity.
6. Improve Learning Ability
A 2009 study by Carnegie Mellon University found that children who read experience an increased production of white matter in their brain, which improves overall brain communication, actually rewiring the brain and improving information assimilation.
7. Improve Critical Thinking Skills
This study shows that reading can improve critical thinking skills, which are important to help children progress through life more easily.
8. Stimulate Different Brain Areas
Researchers at Stanford University found that reading for pleasure increases blood flow to different brain areas than focused reading does (for example, studying for a test). Reading books for school, therefore, does not produce the same outcomes as reading exciting books for pleasure.
9. Improve Brain Function
Reading can reshape your brain, allowing it continue to learn and develop even after the story time has finished, according to these researchers.
10. Improve Vocabulary
Improved vocal intelligence, vocabulary and declarative knowledge was found in this study.
11. Improve Imagination
Children tend to enjoy lots of imaginative play, but they can become stuck in a rut. Introducing new settings, plots and characters through reading can expand their horizons.
12. Improve Writing Skills
This study found that reading improves spelling, while this study found that it improves writing skills.
13. Improve Creativity
This study found that guided fantasy increases fluid thinking, which is needed for creativity.
14. Improve Language Skills
Reading can directly affect language acquisition and language skills, as this study found.
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15. Improve Well Being
This study found that reading is associated with higher life satisfaction; you are less likely to feel trapped, as well as have better overall health.
16. Improve Sleeping
Stress can cause poorer sleep quality and make it harder to sleep in the first place. Reading can reduce stress by 68% according to this study.
17. Improve Relationships
This study suggests that reading can help in understanding social interactions, by improving "mind reading skills".
18. Improve Self-Esteem
There is a strong correlation in this study between those who read often and improved self-esteem.
19. Improve Confidence
When you are exposed to something, you are more confident and more likely to have an enhanced reading attitude, which has been shown to allow your child to progress quicker.
20. Improve Mental Health
Reading fiction gives perspective, companionship and entertainment, as well as helping the brain become more flexible . Read more here.
21. Improve understanding of feelings
When you read the word "squat", your brain automatically 'practices' the action. The same applies to smells, tastes and feelings. Researchers have linked reading with your brain experiencing it in some way like real life. Reading helps you understand feelings, your own and others', because you have experienced them vicariously through stories.
22. Improve a child's emotional struggles
A study has shown children who experience emotional struggles can see marked improvement by reading stories.
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23. Decrease Stress
A study by the University of Sussex has shown that reading reduces stress and boosts people's moods.
24. Improve Cultural Cohesion
In this study, it was found that those who read often have lower prejudices towards different groups of people.
25. Improve Empathy
This Stanford University Study shows that reading fiction helps you relate to other people, by building understanding and increasing empathy.
26. Improve General Knowledge
Reading will increase the general knowledge that your child receives from varied information.
27. Improve Social Understanding
Reading improves social understanding. Your child gets to see many points of view, simultaneously accelerating their knowledge.
28. Improve Listening Skills
Practice makes perfect: the more that your child practices listening, the easier it will become, and they will be able to listen for more extended periods of time.
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29. Improve Behaviour
This survey found a correlation between the number of times that children are read to each week and their behaviour.
30. Increase Bonding Opportunities
Bonding is all about getting to know your child. Undivided attention time, set alongside the feelings of security, comfort and interaction, are the building blocks of a happy child.
31. Reduce Screen Time
A study has shown that people experience higher levels of stress and increased tiredness from watching screens, while lowering levels of comprehension and information output.
32. Improve Child's Self Discipline
The brain naturally wants immediate closure, and so it will make irrational decisions to achieve this. This study has found that those who read are more comfortable without cognitive closure, and therefore are more likely to take their time, achieving a thoughtful decision-making process.
33. Improve Communication
In a 2011 study, researchers found that there is an overlap in areas of the brain used to understand stories and areas dedicated to interaction with others.
34. Become a Nicer Parent
This study determined that parents who read to their child are less harsh than those who don't.
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35. Improve Employability
Adults who have higher levels of literacy proficiency are more likely to be employed and earn more money, according to this study.
36. Improve Life Quality
Life-long readers are less likely to develop dementia found according to this study, and also Alzheimer's according to this one and this one.
37. Improve Civic Participation
This study found that reading cultivates civic engagement. You're more likely to volunteer, give to charity, do favours and be more connected with society.
38. Improve Life Chances
This study found that children engaged in reading had a higher chance of positive socio-economic and social leverage.
39. Improve Life Longevity
This study concluded that you are more likely to live longer by reading consistently.