1. Read aloud with your children
Did you know that one of baby’s first senses to develop in the womb is the sense of hearing? Babies can hear sounds starting at about 18 weeks (Mayo Clinic, 2017). So, go ahead, read some fun stories, and start bonding with your baby before he/she is even born! Reading interest drops significantly as children grow, possibly because most parents stop reading aloud to their children as they become more advanced readers. In fact, 40% of children aged 6-11 wished that their parents still read to them (Scholastic, 2015). Reading together is still enjoyable and many parents are missing this opportunity for continued growth in their relationship with their children. One idea to keep reading interactive may be for parent and child to take turns voicing different characters in a book.