Books, for many of us, are a way to escape into fantasy worlds or learn about new topics. This escape from reality allows us to drift away into a world that exists between the pages. They’re a way to switch-off, relax, and gain new perspectives.
For us at Thinkably, our children’s books are also a way of alleviating stress and anxiety. Our countless variety of books are endorphin-endorsers; a halfway-house for happiness and a pathway to positivity. Not only do our books allow children to escape reality, they also reflect reality in new ways, helping children understand the world around them.
How can you use books to encourage happiness and positivity in children?
We want children to enjoy reading. This means creating stories that are fun, informative, yet also provide children with meaning and knowledge. Contemporary fables for the modern age. If children enjoy their reading experience, they’ll come away feeling happier and more content, at peace with their surroundings, and less anxious about complex social topics.
Set Aside Reading time
Whether your child consistently reads at school or at home, setting aside time to establish a reading routine when your child knows that it’s time to settle down and get stuck into a good book is important.
Reading times can vary, – while eating breakfast, at lunch-time, after dinner or a bed-time story – your child will associate this time as something to look forward to. They will connect with books on a different level and develop a general feeling of positivity through the books they read. As they continue to look forward to enjoying a good book, the experience is enhanced if they can share it with friends, parents and carers.
Not only will this reading routine increase your child’s love for literature, it will also considerably improve their literacy levels. Reading consistently throughout the week will raise their reading skills and could even give them a passion to write their own stories further down the line. Of course, this is all dependent on several things – including the type of books you and your child are reading.
Selecting The Genre
Finding a genre that your child can actively enjoy and find interesting can be difficult. Sometimes it’s a case of trial and error. Some children might enjoy less challenging topics, though some could find slightly darker or more advanced themes intriguing.
The Thinkably platform contains a range of different topics and subjects for a variety of ages, ranging from infants of 2-5 years old to young children and teens aged up to the age of 16.
It’s important that you establish your child’s preferred genre early on in order to allow them to connect with books, but also to ensure they don’t find reading-time laborious and uninspiring.
Once that passion for reading has been lit, you can start to introduce new genres outside of their comfort zone.
However, it’s also natural for children to take less of an interest in books and reading as they grow up – they could move away from books altogether, or they could become interested in more ‘grown-up’ books such as Crime Thrillers or Horror Fiction. Though, to get to that stage, children need to develop a connection with books, and fall in love with reading from an early age.
Using Books for Practical Life Scenarios
Of course, books are useful for more than just enjoying a good story or taking time away from a busy world. You might need a book when you’re cooking a meal, fixing a car, or preparing for an interview.
People nowadays tend to head straight to Google to find answers. Although the internet has many different opinions, all claiming to be correct, this can often confuse and actually make things less clear.. Often the best way to find a solution to a problem or get the best advice is through reading a good book.
Whether it’s a cookbook from a celebrity chef, a Haynes manual on how to fix that tricky part on your car, or an autobiography from a public speaker – sometimes a quick read of a book is all you need. It will save you the hassle of trusting a random Q&A website that is likely to tell you the wrong thing – not always, but it’s likely.
Make sure your child knows about books for this use too. With the internet being the go-to for the younger generation these days, encouraging fact-finding and knowledge building through books is a great tool to have for life.
Books Can Be Your Escape
We touched on this earlier in this blog, books really are an extremely powerful tool that can be utlised a lot more than you think. Children and adults alike go through tough periods in life, and sometimes all that is needed is a bit of quiet time away from a difficult situation or environment, and a book can help that. It takes you away from the moment and into a world where you are captivated by every word, being at one with the book, entranced by every turn of the page. Whichever book it is, it can allow you to escape from reality, in a way that not many other things can do. It is important to express to your children, even if you don’t use books as part of wind-down, that books are a good way to break away from the stresses they will face in life. This will also develop a positive connection with your child between being happy and reading books – the two will come as a pair.
There are so many ways to use books. So many different opportunities to read, learn and enjoy. But the common thing that all books produce is happiness. It is so important to pass on to another generation the power of books and how much they can positively impact your life. It’s what we’re all about here at Thinkably, teaching the younger audience about a range of different topics, from learning about history, the environment, social issues, and much more.
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