Children love listening to bedtime stories. However as kids grow and participate it more activities, time gets rushed. It’s too easy to push bedtime stories aside in favor of chores and last minutes to-do’s that need to be done.
There are 5 awesome reasons to encourage you to include bedtime stories as part of your evening routine, no matter how rushed or crazy life gets.
5 Awesome Reasons for Bedtime Stories
1. Increase Vocabulary
Bedtime stories increase children’s vocabulary. Kids hear the words in context and have the opportunity to ask you to define the words right then and there. You’re able to use the words in different sentences immediately and check for understanding. Bedtime stories are an easy way to improve your child’s vocabulary with very little work.
2. Promotes Reading Skills
Read alouds and bedtime stories promote reading skills children need. Kids learn about plot, character development, and storyline while curled up listen to great stories. Listening to good books encourages children to read more and to read follow up books in a series. Kids become lifelong, avid readers because of bedtime stories.
3. Discuss Character and Morals
As you read good books together, the situations and problems give you an excellent opportunity to chat with your children about what good character is, what you believe, and how a person with good morals should behave. It’s the perfect opportunity to quietly share your worldview with your children every day.
4. Relaxing Way to Finish the day
Bedtime stories are a relaxing way to finish the day. You have time to sit with your children, unwind, and enjoy great books together. No matter what else happens as part of the day, no matter how chaotic the day because, you know you have a special time to sit and relax together.
5. Share Your Favorite Books with Your children
Bedtime stories give you an opportunity to share your favorite childhood books with your children. Together you can explore the Hundred Acre Wood, climb through a wardrobe into Narnia, or read Bible stories. These shared memories promote family unity and strong ties between parent and child.
These five reasons for bedtime stories are only just the beginning of the many gifts and treasures this time together will bring to your family.
What’s your favorite bedtime story to share with your children?