ALL OF US love our children more than anything in the world. In their first years, we feed them so they grow. We bring them to the doctor so they are healthy. We strap them in car seats so they are safe.
One of the most important things in the first years of life is the growth of the mind and spirit. This is when a child learns to love and trust, to speak and listen. After a child turns two years old, these things are very difficult to learn or teach ever again. Trusting, singing, laughing, and language are some of the most important things in a young child's life.
Every day, make a quiet, restful place for twenty minutes. Put your child in your lap and read a book aloud. In the pages of the book you will find a tiny vacation of privacy and intense love. It costs nothing but twenty minutes and a library card.
Reading to your little one is just like putting gold coins in the bank. It will pay you back tenfold. Your daughter will learn, imagine, and be strong in herself. Your son will thrive, and give your love back forever.