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The 'good behaviour' benefits of reading to your child

Snuggling up with a good book with your child can boost good behaviour and understanding

Posted: 8 November 2012
by Catherine O'Dolan

Reading regularly with children can dramatically reduce disruptive behaviour, according to a study carried out at eight primary schools in the London borough of Lambeth by the Institute of Psychiatry. The key to the scheme wasn't reading in itself, but the amount of time parents spent with children and how they related to them. 

Parents taking part in the study were invited to attend a parenting skills programme, in which they learnt how to relate to children, using techniques such as focussing on the positive behaviour of a child rather than the negative. They also gave advice on how to share books with their children, for instance, by switching off mobile phones and taking time to look at pictures, highlighting new vocabulary, discussing the book before the child started to read the words, and avoiding the temptation to correct words.

More than 100 five- to six-year-olds took part in the ten-week study, and noticeable improvements were shown in their behaviour. 

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This does NOT show the good behaviour benefits of reading with your child. It demonstrates that there are good behaviour benefits to offering predictable, concentrated periods of undivided attention to your child. This headline represents lazy journalism.

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:10

Junior's response: I'm sorry to hear that you feel this article is misleading. The research project mentioned cites spending time reading with your child as a very effective way to strengthen your bond with your child, and that one of the benefits of spending this one-to-one time (according to the research project) was that children's behaviour improved.
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