10 Reasons to read a story to your child tonight

  1. When your child hears how awful the wolf/king/stepmother is, you’ll be appreciated so much more!
  2. Your voice is like music to your child – sometimes like punk rock, sometimes like classical music, sometimes like Gospel and when you read a story, like heart-music.
  3. You know you want to do something worthwhile, but only have the capacity to sit … so here’s your chance to relax and unwind!
  4. You might strike gold and your I-don’t-want-to-go-to-sleeper goes to dream land halfway through your story.
  5. Stories give your children’s imagination wings … who wouldn’t want to enjoy these moments (away from life’s realities) with them?
  6. Hansel and Gretel are highly recommended for ungrateful city children – it helps children realise there are benefits to not living that close to the woods.
  7. The child in you is also craving a story without the elements of today’s newspaper headlines – do it for yourself.
  8. Reading a story gives you the freedom to roar, squeak, yell, thunder, laugh or sing – very good for off-loading!
  9. A good storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat is good for digestion.
  10. Stories bridge the stormy waters that sometimes separate us from our children. The child who barked at you a few minutes ago, comes closer and even crawls on your lap or cuddles under your arm … weapons are laid to rest – all thanks to a story.