As adults, we sometimes hate routine, but this is not the case with children. For them, repetition of events = safety. It is important to introduce habits and rituals into the family as early as possible. An excellent ritual is the joint reading of books.
Create a cozy space, hug under a blanket, turn on the warm light and read your favorite books. Remember Ole Lukoe, who opens his colored umbrella over the heads of the children and tells them fairy tales. There is such an Ole-Lukoe in every parent;)
At any age of a child, reading with a child is healing. While the baby is small, he finds himself in the familiar atmosphere of the comfort of his mother’s belly with the melodic sound of the voice and the warmth of the human body. And he joins the living figurative word.
Getting older, the baby begins to recognize the characters and stories. Through a fairy tale, he learns ways to be in the world, as well as meanings and values. Reading helps to develop the emotional world and imaginative thinking. A child in a safe atmosphere learns to live emotions: fear, anger, joy, surprise, sadness, admiration, etc. Reading helps to face and learn to deal with difficult issues – good and evil, justice, mercy and life.
Sometimes parents refuse the evening book when the child begins to read on his own, and this stop can frighten him. For example, he may decide that being able to read separates him from his parents. A good option would be to read in turn: part is read by mom, part by dad, part by the child. You can not only read, but also discuss what you read. You can choose books not only for the child, but also interesting for mom or dad. This creates a common field of meanings in the family and teaches to conduct a dialogue, makes it possible to see different views. Such family reading rooms can form the basis of closeness in the family, which will be especially helpful in times of crisis.