"As every parent who has read a bedtime story knows, this is all happening in the context of face-time, of skin-to-skin contact, of the hard-to-quantify but essential mix of security and comfort and ritual. It’s what makes toddlers demand the same story over and over again..."
Dr. Perri Klass, “Bedtime Stories for Young Brains”
I was a pretty lucky kid. Not only did my mother read me stories while sitting in her lap or lying in bed but she also made up stories. She was not Aesop but her stories about Teeny Minnow, Professor Carp, Goldie Goldfish and others have a permanent place in my memory. Like many of our parents, my Mom’s parenting skills could have used some help but when it came to engaging my imagination, she was a maven.
She didn’t just engage my imagination but provided me with a lifetime love of books, reading and storytelling. The stories I told my kids had characters like Smedley the Evil Snail, Ralph the Heroic Dog, The Birdie Brothers and based upon what I see in their reading habits and their sometime references to those characters, it looks like I passed on some of my Mom’s gift to me.
Those thoughts drifted through my head as I came upon a New York Times article by Dr. Perri Klass, “Bedtime Stories for Young Brains.” Dr. Klass writes about a recent study that indicates that “... children who were exposed to more books and home reading showed significantly more activity in the areas of the brain that process visual association...”
And what does that mean?