I grew up surrounded by books. I became an English major, and I’m even trying to write my own.
This weekend, I spent a whole night discussing books with a great friend. A whole night.
And it all comes down to one turning moment in my life: my parents read to me. I wrote my college essay on the beauty of my Dad coming up to my sister and me’s bedroom and bringing the book we picked together from the library only days before. Whether it was Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, my Dad always read to us at least a little every night to give our mom a break. And when our eyes started to flutter close, he would check on us to see if we were still listening. And the next night, he would inevitably have to go back and reread parts that we had missed.
I can’t say anything about my math skills. Maybe if I had rehearsed my timetables at night, I would be better. But I can say I’m a good reader.
So, if you do anything for your kids, make sure you read to them. They won’t forget it, and neither will you.