Read to Her

Here are four tips to promote father-daughter relationships through reading:
Power down. Too much time at a screen–TV, computer, video game, cell phone, etc,–inhibits a daughter’s interest in reading, as well as her ability to read well. Turn off screens, limit screen time, and cut back on the electronic toys. Simple toys (like blocks, crayons, or the cardboard boxes other toys come in) stimulate creative play, social and mental development, and lay a good foundation for reading.
Make time to read yourself. A big chunk of fatherly influence comes from the example that it set for daughters. A father should get into reading himself, and be eclectic—comic books are OK, too! A fathers enjoyment is infectious and triggers his daughters interest.
Show her books. Pictures in a book (or the actual world outside) are far more effective for a toddler’s brain development than any video or TV show. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a total ban on screen time for children under the age of two because it can disrupt healthy brain development. On the other hand, looking at picture books together and reading to her are just about the best things a dad can do for his daughters intellectual and social development.
Go to the library together. Libraries have something for people of every age and background. A father can help turn his daughter onto the joys of wondering the stacks and discovering hidden treasures of books around every corner, no matter how old she is.
Dad and Daughters

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17 thoughts on “Read to Her

  1. This is so true – my dad always read to me as a kid, every night, and we both loved it. Possibly what made me fall in love with language and books, I went on to study both Englishes and now work as a journalist – coincidence?

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      • I think it is easy to underestimate the importance of doing creative things like reading and creating art or food as a family instead of just resorting to watching it on tv. Yes it certainly keeps me busy! And to you x

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      • A complete mixture of things really, I write about music and review gigs, I write about climate change, food, my work as a journalist, topical issues, health and fitness, festivals, career plans, university memories, men, relationships, observations of the people around me and loads more… I guess I’m a lifestyle blogger – but a very varied one. Would love it if you checked out my blog and let me know what you think xx

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      • Holy Moses; those are exciting topics! It must keep you busy. How long have you been engaged as a journalist? I will totally check out the blog! I apologize that I haven’t already 😦

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      • Haha I just write on anything that takes my fancy, couldn’t stick to one subject.. Umm I’ve been working full time as a journalist for about 3 1/2 years now but on and off and as a columnist before that while I was at uni.. What do you do? Thanks – would love to know what you think 😊 xx

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      • Variety is the spice of life! Where did you go to school? I will definitely read the blog but one thing that I absolutely love without even reading is the photography. Great work! You could also be a photographer. Girl you are multi-talented 🙂

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      • Definitely, I went to school in Norfolk, in the U.K. And then uni in Hertfordshire – you? Aww thanks, but I have to admit, they are not my photography, I source them on flickr – I’m no photographer – wish I was! Thanks though! Xxx

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      • How exciting! Me? I went to Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA where I graduated with a BS Biology, and I start Life University in Marietta in April in the Dietetic Program. Well I admire your resourcefulness! We all gotta pull some things from somewhere. How is the week starting off?

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      • Sounds great, really nice and varied to keep things interesting! Thanks, and definitely. It’s been a terrible week so far to be honest, found out at the weekend that my boyfriend of nearly eight years cheated on me so I’m a bit of a mess at the moment 😦 how about yours?

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      • OMG luv; that totally stinks! I’m super sorry to hear about the crappy news. I will keep you in my prayers! I hope this week is starting off better! How was the weekend?

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      • I know, thanks honey, appreciate it! Weekend was surprisingly good, went away to visit a friend in London and she did an amazing job at taking my mind off things. How was your weekend? Anything exciting happening your end? xxx

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      • Of course! How is the week starting off for you? The weekend was good! Went to my aunt’s 50th surprise birthday party and got my Schwinn cycling certification. Oh….and the state of GA got pounded yesterday with snow! Keep smiling and stay positive 🙂

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      • Week has been pretty good so far, been busy at work with lots of different stuff which is good and have lots of catch ups with my mates as well – how about you? Oooh that sounds fun – did she love the surprise? And well done you! Ahh bet the snow looks so beautiful – it’s been so unusually mild here for a while, now waiting for the mid-February snow to arrive, but it’ll be nothing like what you’ve got! Have you been out to play in the snow yet? Thanks, I feel a lot better this week x

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      • I’m glad the week is starting off better! Things are well. We got hit with a nasty snow storm so everything has been shut down….gotta love the south. She was super surprised, and I got to see friends I haven’t seen in awhile so that was a blessing! Have you ever been to Alaska? I lived there for over five years so it’s kinda comical watching everyone around here! Have a blessed evening 🙂

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      • Haha exactly the same here when it snows – nobody is ever prepared and no-one can cope! Aww that sounds lovely, always nice to catch up with friends that you haven’t seen for a while. I’ve never been to Alaska but have been to Florida and New York several times, actually going to NYC in around 8 weeks to visit my sister – she’s studying at the Fashion College there for a semester and loving it! Looking forward to plenty of food and seeing the city again – just love NY. Would love to travel more around America though and see the differences across areas. Have you been over to the UK before? xxx

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