How to make your child’s bedtime reading routine the perfect teaching moment

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Nightly story time is often a very special moment for children. They get their caregiver’s undivided attention, enter into a world of learning and imagination, and of course, enjoy some cuddles. This quality time is a wonderful opportunity for kids to reflect on their day, speak their mind, learn by example, and gleam some pearls of wisdom from the books they and their caregivers read together.

There are many ways to incorporate activities and intentions into story time to help children develop essential skills like critical thinking, empathy, perspective taking, and self-reflection. Need some inspiration?

Here are some of my…

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Child expressing emotion
Child expressing emotion
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When children express big and negative emotions, it can be very upsetting, triggering, embarrassing, and overall frustrating for parents and others, especially since it’s not always clear how to respond and how to help. We usually just want it to stop as quickly as possible. When children have tantrums in public, or even when a child doesn’t say hi to someone, we can feel that…

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Kids online learning covid-19
Kids online learning covid-19

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We each have different…

The concept of Reading Curiously expands on story time to promote the development of empathy, build insight, cultivate perspective-taking, and strengthen your child’s moral conscience.

Making story time a normal part of your daily routine with your kids is beneficial on many levels. Reading together and following a story line helps with literacy, school success, focus, memory, and many other cognitive skills. However, there is an additional exercise that you can practice when reading together that has its own set of benefits, which I call Reading Curiously.

Reading curiously means expanding on the content that you are presented with in a book to increase reflective capacity, build empathy, foster the power to choose, as well as provide a platform to discuss morality and ethics.


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girl and doll with masks covid-19
girl and doll with masks covid-19

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8 ways to promote applied education at home

Support healthy child development during times of limited access to activities, environments, teachers, coaches, and other parts of the community.

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Parents are reporting feeling a lot of pressure to fill in the gaps, which can feel impossible. However, if you notice that your child is spending…

Stephanie Kaufman

Stephanie Kaufman is a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Bay Area. Author of What a Feeling! The ABCs for Emotions, a children’s book

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