Were you ever read to when you were a child? Do you take time to read to your own children? What's your attitude about reading? I believe that it's highly critical and valuable to read throughout your life! The suggestion to read to your child while they are still in the womb is much more important than we ever thought! While in the womb, it is thought that children's brains are open and sensitive to entonation of voices and music!. As more studies show that we are energy transmitters and energy gets transferred to others even from far away, why not read and express a great story to your child so that they can start forming a great imagination even before they are born.
English Teacher, Cassandra James states, "Children today have so many distractions - TV, internet, computer games, sports - that they think they don't have time to read and, quite frankly, they often find reading boring compared to these other things. But, if you can teach a child to enjoy books, that child has a companion for life and will always have the knowledge he or she needs to be successful in everything they do."
But why is reading really so important?
Words are our everyday tools. You use words in everything. You speak thousands of words every day. Most people write something every day. A letter, a resume, an article, a note, even two lines on a post-it - they all require words. If you read, words will come easier to you simply because of the vocabulary you will have. People who read are known to have larger vocabularies and usually find it much easier to compose a written piece or give a speech.
Vocabulary. Many of today's teenagers think vocabulary isn't important. 'Cool', 'hot', 'fierce', 'rad' - they think this vocabulary is all they need. Try interviewing for a job that pays more than a supermarket checkout position, and see how far using 'fierce' will get you in a job interview. What you say puts a vision in the other person's mind of who you are. If you can express yourself eloquently, the person hearing you has already decided you are intelligent. In most situations in life, intelligence will get you where you want to go. Sounding intelligent helps you on your path to that goal.
Information. Reading gives you information. Everything you will ever need to know is available in a book somewhere. It's available on the internet, or in a newspaper. If you love reading, you will find that getting information is easy for you. In any job, if you know how to find the information you need, you are miles ahead of your competition. Remember the old adage "Knowledge is power?" The people who are often the most successful have knowledge, and other people pay them for that knowledge. Reading will give you any knowledge you could ever need for any situation.
Imagination. Reading feeds your imagination. When I sit down with a book, I am instantly lost in the world the author created. It doesn't matter if I'm stuck in a doctor's waiting room for two hours, on a boring bus ride, or standing in line at the bank - I always have a book with me. In any boring everyday situation I can be immediately transformed into a different place just by the power of a book. My time is never wasted because, if somebody else makes me wait, I simply use that time to read. Then what I learn from reading is put to use in the rest of my life. As an only child, I spent thousands of hours reading. Consequently, I have never been bored, I can always amuse myself and my imagination works overtime thinking of all the places I've been and the people I've seen in books.
Inspiration. The best or even the simplest books can have long lasting inspiration! Everything they do from their first work in kindergarten to their career as a doctor, teacher or author will all stem from the knowledge they have learned from books. Reading is the most important thing you can ever teach your child because, even when you are not there, they can still learn, still be amused and still dream. Reading really will be the lifeblood of everything they do and everything they accomplish.
With that said, "Put a little MaxPower into your life!"