Read Me An Aussie Bedtime Story

How often as a parent when reading a bedtime story have you heard these words: “One more time, please”? This phrase is known to be a child’s transparent effort to delay bedtime. But what kids and parents may not know is that reading a book repeatedly can help a child develop their logic skills.

After a busy day at the office or workplace it is sometimes difficult but so important to find half an hour in your busy night-time schedule to spend quality time cuddled up with your child in bed with their favourite blanket and stuffed animals nearby for some bonding time. There is no doubt that bedtime stories have long been known to foster parent-child bonds and prepare children for sleep. But lately, researchers have attached other powers to this night-time routine. They say that while you and your little one are sampling Green Eggs with Sam, you’re actually boosting your child’s brain development.

The most profound benefit discovered in recent years is the way bedtime stories can rewire children’s brains to quicken their mastery of language.

Reading rhyming books to kids is also a good way to help them enhance language skills. In time, reading with a child will expand their vocabulary even more. That’s because books can introduce them to ideas and objects such as dragonflies or kangaroos that are out of their direct environment and therefore not a part of their daily conversations.

Story Marilyn Collins.