Reading time: is it not cool anymore?

Before reading this post – can you honestly answer the following: What was the last book you read?

I used to read so much more, but with smartphones and their social media “traps” I always seem to find easier ways to pass the time.

I remember buying “Fifty Shades of Grey” and then stopped midway as I heard the movie would be coming out soon … should have continued reading as it was not worth the cinema ticket … but that’s a review for another time 🙂

Second question to moms of school age children: what was the last book your child read?

Not taking into consideration homework or their Facebook wall – reading outside of studies is at risk.

In 2012, the Arab Thought Foundation’s Fikr released its fourth annual cultural development report in January, saying that the average Arab child reads “6 minutes” a year in comparison to 12,000 minutes its Western counterpart spends.

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With reading being a major concern today for Lebanon and the Arab world, it must be of significant importance to all Arabs to promote reading.

TIME FOR ACTION SUPER MOMS!

Children learn through imitation. No matter what age they look up to you – so parents you are the catalyst for change!

STEP #1: START READING TIME.

I know all moms of babies and toddlers love and have sacred reading times for the kids – but we need to keep that routine going… We seem to stop enjoying this routine once they start school.

I am guilty of this! I just felt that after my 7 year old’s homework he should just “chill” out – we do painting and other arts and crafts but for some reason I personally didn’t think of reading as an option…

So now we have reading time re-incorporated in their bed time routine.

STEP #2: MAKE READING TIME FUN!

I met an amazing Super mom in our community that is the owner of a business called “CREATE MY BOOK

Personalized books in hard cover that allows the child to be the STAR of the story!

Pictures taken from Super moms in our Facebook group that have shared their personalized stories to the group: join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/supermommybeirut/

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Seeing or hearing their name, friends’ names, age, hometown (and much more personal info depending on the book story line you choose – encourages them to want to read over and over again…

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Available in English and French for ages newborn-10 years. And ordering is very simple: just visit their website: http://www.createmybook.me/ place your order and the personalized book will be delivered to you!

An amazing initiative from an amazing SUPER MOM 🙂 Create My Book is also a great gift idea or even available as personalized “cadeau de retour” a great way to help in the promotion of reading with your child’s friends! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Create-my-book/ instagram: @createmybook.me

 

Story themes that help introduce new babies to the family.
Story themes that help introduce new babies to the family.

 

STEP#3: DON’T GIVE UP

Like everything else in parenthood – we will always face “some” difficulty to introduce a new concept or routine. If you are still not convinced why reading is so important in your child’s and even your own personal, physical and emotional development – here are the 10 reasons why you should read:  summarized from http://whytoread.com/why-to-read-10-reasons-why-reading-books-will-save-your-life/

1. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities

2. Improves Your Focus and Concentration

3. Readers Enjoy The Arts and Improve The World

4. It Improves Your Imagination

5. Reading Makes You Smarter

6. It Makes You Interesting And Attractive

7. It Reduces Stress

8. It Improves Your Memory

9. Allows you to Discover and Create Yourself

10. For Entertainment

GOOD LUCK SUPER MOMS!

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