Only 13 percent of parents read to their child every night, found a survey by the online retailer Littlewoods—but it’s smart to make it a priority: “Reading is one of the most important things you can do with your child because it helps develop his emotional intelligence,” says Judy Tsafrir, a psychiatrist in Newton, Massachusetts.
For instance, as your voice rises and lowers to reflect plot changes, you and your child feel for a character—this helps him better understand his emotions and how he reacts to certain situations. Plus, it strengthens your mother-child relationship. So try and make it a part of your routine, even on busy nights, advises Tsafrir.
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