It Seems Too Easy

in Everyday Learning

I wonder if you know one of my favorite authors, Mem Fox.

Her books are extraordinary for children. A beloved quote from Mem is, “If every parent – and every adult caring for a child – read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.”

A parent in one of my workshops asked, “Jan, what do you think is most important for me to have in my house for my baby and her early learning?”

I replied without hesitation, “Time and books.”

Whether you are a stay-at-home or working parent, talk times matter. Snacktime, playtime, folding clothes time, mealtime, bedtime are all talk times, time to love her unconditionally with your uninterrupted, focused attention. And that time includes fun stories that make you laugh out loud and snuggle a bit closer, sharing words and pictures in a special togetherness.

It seems too easy. Time and books seem too little. But the relationship between your child, your unconditional love, your time, and a beloved storybook is more than enough. It’s priceless.

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