Quote for The Week
Elizabeth Hardwick said: "The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind."
If you know how to read, and you have children, you possess a gift that can only be given when a child is young. Read to your child. Do it every day - at least every night. There's no mystery as to why the bedtime story ritual is so popular. One on one time between a parent and a child combined with a great story results in loving bonds and memories and creates a reading child who'll grow to be an adult reader.
Read to your kids and then have them read stories to you when they learn to read. Take them to libraries and book stores. Give them books at least as much as DVDs and video games. Create excitement for stories. It's an investment that pays dividends for all concerned.