I am a full-time mom, wife, author, actor and advocate. My life is extremely full, and I am so blessed because of that. However, having a full life also means that I have to make it a priority to make time to constantly better myself and work to connect in a meaningful way with my son.
My son, Cree, is six and is the light of my life. He’s starting to read. He’s playing sports. He loves arts and crafts. He is becoming his own little person, and I love watching him grow and find his place in the world. With his growing independence and my crazy schedule, I make sure to set aside quality time every night for us to connect. Every night as part of our bedtime routine, we read together. Not on a tablet. Not on a computer. We read paper books together. It is a time of day both he and I look forward to – when we can meaningfully connect with each other, focus on imagination, story-telling and language development and just be together for a while. Reading aloud to Cree calms me at the end of a stressful day.
As a mom who cherishes our nighttime reading routine, I am excited to partner with the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign and their exciting new reading program called 15 Pages A Day. The 15 Pages A Day reading program encourages everyone to take the pledge to read at least 15 print pages a day. Similar to physical exercise, the consistent reading of print pages can yield several potential benefits including increased language and mental development and improved memory.
Research shows that paper is central to achievements in education and promotes excellence in the classroom.(1) Cree will be in first grade this year. It’s important to my husband and me that we read to him from a printed book every night in order to help him develop lifelong habits that will help him in his education as he grows older.
In addition to helping prepare Cree for school and increasing his love for learning and the written word, the benefits of reading on paper daily extend to me as well.
• The American Library Association found that “students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas and have greater content knowledge than those who do not.”(2)
• Reading 10-30 minutes a day with your child is an important factor in enabling a child to become a reader.(3)
• Reading aloud for 15 minutes a day aids language development, instills a love of reading and increases understanding of how knowledge is gained and shared.(4)
Take the #15Pages A Day pledge with me and my family! Make the promise to establish a special, quiet time with yourself or your child(ren) to see the benefits of reading a few printed pages every day. To learn more about the benefits reading 15 Pages A Day can provide to you and your family, visit here.