Read, Cuddle, Bond – Or Toss ‘em an E-Book? Fostering Early Childhood Development


When it’s time to play rough, my two boys know daddy’s their go-to guy. But when it’s time to settle down and read, it’s all me. My son’s kindergarten requires us to submit a monthly log of the books we read—20 minutes daily is required. Easy-peasy. We each choose one book—an Easy Reader for my 5 year old, a picture book for my 3 year old and for me, something that’ll calm them down, like “Love You Forever.”

But on those hectic days, when I still need to clean up dinner, shower, etc. and I’m on a deadline, should I just settle them down alone with an e-book? Sometimes, yes.

According to this snipet from Parents magazine, Dec/January, e-book sales increased 275% in sales this year.

Hitting the E-Books

“‘ Just don’t use them as an excuse to check out of the reading experience altogether. Your child won’t get the same benefits from listening to an electronically read story alone,’ says Erika Burton, PhD, founder of Stepping Stones Together.”

The article hammered the bonding benefits of reading together. It also warned to keep the e-books simple by purchasing those with interactive features to boost vocabulary—but no heavy animation or graphics.

As a sidenote here: I relied heavily on books on CD for my older son when my second son was an infant. The baby cried non-stop (acid reflux), so I’d put my oldest, who was only two at the time, down to sleep with headphones and a book on CD. That way he couldn’t hear the baby, and enjoy a good book as he drifted off to dreamland. Today, I would’ve gone with an e-reader.

Source: Parents magazine, Dec/January

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