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Reading the same book to your kid every night: here’s why it’s a good thing

Sep. 8, 2020 - 4 minute read

Once upon a time... there was a parent who read the same story to their kid every night. Are you one of the characters in this plot?

Confess it. You are tired of going through the same story every night. You can’t even bother to look at Giraffe Gina’s face anymore. Yes, reading bedtime stories has many benefits for our kids. But what about the parents? We are going nuts! You might be thinking: “Is this normal that my kid wants to read the same book every night?”. The answer is Y-E-S!

Kids learn a lot from repetition. By listening to the same things your kid will end up focusing on different aspects. In the long run, this might result in better and wholesome learning. Yes, it may be boring sometimes, but that’s part of their growth. So push through it and be strong. One day this book will be just hanging on the shelf. And another one will come :).

You are now asking yourself if storybooks are that complicated. Do kids need to re-read them? Think about your daily life. When was the last time you had a detective dog looking for objects or you used “sailor penguin” in a sentence? These could all be missing learning opportunities. Hence try to engage more in bedtime stories.

It may sound counterintuitive because you are reading the same book every night. The same words. The same story. The same characters. But, as we stated before, this means that they are learning more and working on their memory. Think about the little rhymes your little ones learn at school or that you taught them. They always rely on repetition!

Furthermore, reading the same book doesn’t have to be boring. You can explore new learning opportunities with the same old book. Focus on the pictures, or in some particular words. Ask your child to come up with a different ending or relate it to your child’s day.

This moment can also result in deep and meaningful conversations. It can be the right time to talk about more serious topics (like bullying, friendship or love). Afterall your kid might feel more comfortable talking to you at bedtime.

With better comprehension and memory, your child will grow to be a confident student. A student who won’t stumble over words. A student with a vast vocabulary. And eventually, a student who will succeed better at school or enjoy reading a lot more.

Reading the same book builds up your kid’s vocabulary, word recognition, comprehension and confidence. As a parent, reading will warm your heart too. In a few years, these will be your favourite memories with your child. Keep in mind that reading can be an escape to everyday life. You can go to a magical world (that your kid chooses eh eh) and have adventures together! Just leave today and enjoy every second of the journey :)

* Studies and sources used in the article:

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  4. Karbach, J., Strobach, T. & Schuber, T. (2014). Adaptive working-memory training benefits reading, but not mathematics in middle childhood, Child Neuropsychology: A Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence.