This is the time of year we often resolve to live better. Here’s a story.
In our younger years, we lived in a dangerous neighborhood and couldn’t send our children outside to play unsupervised. However, nursing babies kept me inside often.
The answer? Reading aloud! I sat the children around me and read them a variety of children’s books while I nursed the baby. In a short while it seemed we had the books memorized.
One day our five-year-old daughter said, “I know which word says God.” I asked her to point to it, and she did with a shy smile.
“That could be a coincidence,” I thought. But happily, I was wrong. Not long afterward the same five-year-old picked up a third-grade school book and began reading fluently. It was a jaw-dropping moment.
“That was an isolated incident,” you might say. Not so. Her younger sister, at age five, repeated the feat of suddenly reading at a high level of proficiency before she attended school. We had chosen not to have a TV, so we knew they hadn’t picked up learning from Sesame Street.
So how does this apply to us in the new year?
Investing concentrated time in children pays terrific dividends. Teachers today have limited time and many responsibilities. However, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles can lay a solid foundation for learning and healthy emotional development if we will put aside our own interests for a time and give our children one of the most precious treasures we can give them: our time.
So, want an easy resolution for the new year, one you can keep? (Because once you start, it’s hard to say no to cute little faces, begging you to read.) Let’s put down our cell phones, cut back the media, and invest in this nation’s future: our children.
Now THAT’S a resolution worth keeping!
It is with regrets that we find The Kaleidoscope Weekly being retired. Thank you for reading. You now can find Across My Kitchen Table at https://www.armchairwit.com.
Roberta Sarver is an author and songwriter who lives in central Missouri. Her humor columns appear in the Versailles Leader-Statesman and her original songs of worship have appeared on radio stations across the nation. She and her husband are the parents of seven children.