December 9, 2020 6:00 pm | Posted in resources
A daily dose of literature can enhance children’s mental wellbeing and help them cope with daily life.
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Do your kids read in their “spare time”? Or perhaps more importantly, do they read for pleasure? We all know that reading is great for academic reasons, but how about mental health?
Children as young as pre-primary age are struggling. Anxiety and hyper activity can be counted among the issues young people are facing.
Well, reading and mental wellbeing are possibly not things that seems obviously linked. Children who enjoy reading and who read for pleasure often have a high level of mental wellbeing. However, you need to encourage self-reading as it can play a vital role in helping young people cope with daily life.
Reading especially fiction can be a form of therapy for young people, the more stories they read, the more they can assimilate and empathize. When children read about people like themselves and characters they relate to, it can help to quell feelings of loneliness and isolation. This ideally brings an understanding of emotional intelligence to today’s children who are learning how to counter a multitude of peer pressures at home and online.
Try Guide Reading
At home, guided reading is the perfect way to lift the focus from a potentially self-conscious child. However, fictional stories are often great starting points for discussions around tricky topics. Try reading a story together or at least show interest in the book, and if the child is facing a particular issue e.g. bullying in the neighborhood – find passages which resonates to help them to talk about it and many more incidences.
Repetition of a story once or twice is not a bad thing – it will grow the child’s in-depth interest further.
Talk About Character
Talking about a character might help children recall certain challenging experiences in their own lives they are undergoing and it can help them to confront and discuss it. Seeing a character they relate to resolving conflicts lets children explore ways of dealing with issues which may be too difficult for them to confront otherwise.
Discussing fictional problems can also help children to explore difficult issues in reality and to build an understanding of different relationships.
Good habits should often start at home, and it’s never too late to start. In fact, reading at home is one of the biggest indicators of high academic progressions. This is why, the most you can do to is to encourage reading with a parent or guardian…..the better.
Once in a day, on a one-on-one interaction, again put your phone and gadgets aside for fewer distractions, your child will mimic your social determinants and they match it to their level. Also physical contact with young ones while reading is also great – it releases happy hormones and helps children bond and associate reading with a positive mind, thus boosting their mental wellbeing.
Use Books to Prepare
As the child will move to higher level of education in later years, it is crucial times in a child’s development albeit it is also a time when reading for pleasure decreases due to class work.
As well as being useful tools when it comes to helping children look at past experiences, reading can also be helpful when it comes to preparation.
If some event you will all attend is to happen, reading about the experience beforehand is a great way to familiarize children and help them come to terms with what is to come making them realize early in their level of understanding an example of “What is project management” or in the case of a “Pandemic Crisis Management” what are the different roles in place from parental, government, health care workers, society, media, Law Enforcers – great to explore all angles like the Covid-19 with us now.