Happy New Year!
I hope that your year is off to a great start! Wishing all of my mommies great health, lots of energy, and more zen moments this year!
Today, I wanted to share how we use children’s books to help with parenting. Although we started reading to our son when he was a newborn, we have been doing this with him since he was about 8 or 9 months old. We have continued this practice until this day. Our daughter is now 8 months old and she loves books. Needless to say, we will do this with her as well.
Basically, we carefully select children’s books/stories to support the lessons or topics we are teaching our child at the moment. For example, we are currently working on manners, hygiene and bedtime with our toddler right now, so the books we select at the library or purchase are all centered around those themes.
Sometimes the lessons come to life when they are in a fun and colorful book as opposed to coming from Mom or Dad. Now that my son is 2 years old, credibility plays a huge role in teaching him as well. He can read us now lol. He isn’t as willingly receptive as he was before turning two. Now we have to convince him why washing his hands is fun. Sometimes he pays more attention when another person is delivering the message, or when the medium by which it’s delivered is lively, energetic, colorful, etc.
These are some of the books we’ve checked out at the library recently. I plan on buying the series by Elizabeth Verdick; my son loves those two books.
The illustrations make it easy for my son to see what he should do; the colorful characters are extra motivation.
We will also pair these books with songs that speak to the same topics. It turns that parenting moment into a little lesson when kids can sing along and listen to a story.
What are some of the tools you use to teach your children? Share them below!