By Taylre Rene Malloy~Self-Love Literature Contributing Writer
I’m in love with reading. Why you may ask? Because no matter how many books you read, reading allows the imagination to always keep expanding. Reading a great book is like diving into a stunning reservoir of knowledge. With each new book a child consumes, a new level of enlightenment and self-love is attained. Below are five reasons why reading empowers your child’s mind.
Reading expands a child’s reality. The more books a child reads, the more enlightened they become. The knowledge that reading offers young minds is enormous. For a child reading a great book is like water to a garden, or nutrient-dense soil to a budding ecosystem. With each new book our children read their mind flourishes. Like wildflowers reaching for sunlight within a beautiful meadow, a child’s mind is able to transcend into new territories as they read, and like a butterfly, their creativity expands its range.
Reading makes children more intelligent. Through the stimulation of the right side of our brain, reading empowers our imagination, literally awakening our mind to new possibilities. Like traveling, reading helps us analyze and experience the world through new perspectives. Observing this same phenomenon occur within the mind of a child, you begin to see the healing magic of reading from a grassroots level. As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Diving into a great book opens up a whole world of knowledge starting from a very young age.
Reading enriches confidence. Introducing a young mind to a great book is one of the easiest ways to stimulate healthy growth patterns. As your child reads more books both their inner and outer worlds flourish. Reading helps develop a stronger and more stable intellectual, emotional, and social being allowing children more stability. Let’s say a child starts off fairly shy while others around them are a bit more outgoing. One way you can support the child is by offering books that inspire self-acceptance which will ultimately lead to confidence. Reading aloud to a child every night triples this effect by encouraging them to shine through challenging experiences. The right book can help your child understand a variety of situations, thus fortifying their spirit in the face of change or controversy.
Reading makes children more intuitive. Reading unlocks the gateways to emotions. Most children’s books offer the problem and then provide an emotional solution. These books also move through a variety of emotions ranging from anger to sadness, and happiness to personal freedom. When a child reads or listens to a book that relates to their own personal life or experiences, they are better adapted to their environment and experience greater emotional freedom. Children who read books that help them develop emotionally will enhance their ability to connect and better understand the world around them. In so many words, reading opens the heart.
Reading promotes diversity. As someone who researches children’s literature, I think we’d have fewer conflicts in the world if we all read more diverse literature and lived more diverse lives. I like to think that if our society had more diverse children’s books, featuring a broad range of characters, settings, and backgrounds, as well as more diverse role models in the media, young people would naturally feel empowered, and believe that when they grow up, they can be anyone and do anything they wanted. In this type of new world, the youth would above all feel valued for who they truly are and look at their friends and think the same of them because through reading they have developed new life experiences. If we enlighten children at a young age to read stories that are filled with diversity, they would automatically grow up respecting and appreciating everyone’s unique gifts and talents. Thus healing the world.
Well there you have it. In so many words, like writing, reading is an innate superpower and with each new world a young mind experiences they become more empowered in their daily lives.