Kids these days come home from school and it's straight to their laptop, iphone, T.V., or tablet. How often do you actually see kids sitting the the park, library, coffee shop, or bookstore reading? Those few who are, were most likely read to as a young child.
Studies show that children who are frequently read to when they are little have a higher GPA, score better on standardized tests, and will continue to go on to college. With 24 hours in a day, how hard could it be to find just 60 minutes to sit down with your child and read book after book?
There are tons of books, resources, and information to gather. From the ages 1-3 the child takes in so much and is constantly learning. Doesn't this seem like the prime time to read? And while you're at it, keep on the roll, reading with your child up until 18 and all moved out.
Don't just read, share the experience. Talk about the book after... what parts did you like, what parts didn't you like, and why? Talk about different authors styles... how different illustrators draw pictures and how it fits with the story line. Even talk about the editor and what he or she might have done to help the book.
By doing that, you help the child appreciate books on a different level. Not only is it a whole new world to explore, they recognize the hard work that went into it! They respect books, they will crave them, and continue on to read their whole life; not waste it away watching the brain-rotting telle!
It's never too late to start reading to your kids, and it's never a good time to stop. Even if it's just a chapter a night when you're reading YA fiction - that's better than nothing! Read a book: save a mind.