Help your child love books this Valentine's Day
Published on: 10 February 2016 Author: Kate Hancock
Like it or loathe it, Valentine's is just around the corner - so why not use the day to celebrate love a bit differently, says mum Kate Hancock...
Love is in the air! With all the pink hearts and cupids around, you might have noticed that Valentine's Day is nearly here.
The traditional image of the day is all romance and candlelit dining - but Valentine's Day also gives mum or dad a great excuse to cuddle up with the little ones.
While you're having that bonding time, why not grab the chance to read some LOVEly books together (see what I did there)?
Make some reading time
'Reading is a great way to spend time together. It shows the children in your life just how much you care about them.'
Here are a few tips to get the most out of that snuggle:
- Pick a good time: Make sure you read together when nobody feels rushed or under pressure to get something else done. Bedtime works well for lots of families - but it can be any time that suits you.
- Remove distractions: Turn off the TV or laptop and put your phone on silent. Really make the most of the time you are spending together.
- Talk: Take some time to look at and discuss the pictures and story, or point things out with younger babies and toddlers. If you are reading books about love, talk about the people, things and activities that you each love. You may make some surprise discoveries!
- Enjoy it: Don't feel disappointed if your child doesn't want to read a particular book or gets distracted after a page or two. It's all about making it a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone.
Choose books about love
There are lots of great books for young children that lend themselves perfectly to Valentine's Day. Here are just a few that I'm planning on sharing - all of them guaranteed to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy:
Author: Shirley Hughes
Dogger is Dave's special toy. So when Dogger gets lost at the funfair, Dave is desolate. Will they find each other again? Exploring concepts of love, loss and kindness, this classic tale will be cherished by the entire family and will particularly appeal to any child who has a favourite toy.