On reading to children every day

A little over a week ago, I was sent a press release, inviting me to a media event about encouraging parents to read to their children every day.

The same blah we’ve been hearing for years, more ‘do this, do that’ towards parents … or that was my first take on it.

You see, I have a bit of a problem with this “parents should read to their children every day” advice and recommendation that we’re given.

Partly because I really, really abhor the word ‘should’ in relation to anything. Don’t tell me what I ‘should’ do or not do. ‘Should’ because why? And who are you to tell me what I ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be doing?

There are much better ways of getting a message across. ‘Should’ is not one of them.

The issue I have is not because I don’t believe reading is beneficial. It is SO beneficial, and it is something I adore – I adore reading more than I abhor ‘should’. I find it enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and informative … and more.

My kids are big readers, and, yes, I did read to the every day, and still do at times, even though the two older ones are in double-digits and I’m verging on ‘so embarrassing’ for them.

What I most dislike about the advice – pressure, even – is that the very next hour we hear about how horrendously high adult illiteracy rates are, and I can’t help but wonder

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