Sunday, February 23, 2014
The Power of Words
I started reading to my children when they were newborns. They were raised on Bible stories, The Berenstain Bears, nursery rhymes and lesser-known favorites like "Five Minutes Peace" and "A House is a House for Me." The words in these stories gave wisdom, built character, faith and morals taught, entertained, instilled language skills and knitted tightly woven bonds between me and my children ...
I'll never forget the evening my one year-old son came down the stairs from his bedroom crying. He came to me, hugged me tightly and said, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my mommy you'll be." And then he handed me the book he'd just read.
And I'll never forget the day one of my daughters came home from school when she was in the third grade, handing me a copy of "The Man Who Loved Clowns" and told me games teacher (a life-long friend) said I needed to read this because she was reading it to the class.
Oh, and there are the days ... weeks ... months ... years I read to my four children each morning for a few minutes before the bus came to take Them to school. Nancy Drew Mysteries (the ones I'd read as a child), The Orphan Train series, Huck Finn, The Little House books, Great Expectations, Junie B. Jones, the American Girl series and many others.
The power of words you share with your children by reading to and with them is something you should never take for granted. Grab each moment you can not read it and with your children. In the morning ... in the car ... at naptime ... at bedtime ... instead of television ... to help them ... learn to share your love.
Reading to and with your children is an investment ... an investment in their lives.
About the Author
From Darla J Noble
(I've been writing about anything and everything since I met up and coming author, Judy Blume, When I was in the sixth grade. While most of my work over the past twenty years has been parenting / family resources, inspirational non-fiction , Bible studies and curriculum, it is now time for me to begin telling my stories, the stories of the people and events That have made my life the wonderful adventure it is.
When I'm not writing, you will find me spending time with my husband, playing with my grandchildren, gardening or spending time with a special group of young people I call my kids.)
Newest book: "All my love, George ..." NOTE: Book available in print nation-wide from any bookstore and all ebook formats.
A good book allows us to become part of the story within its pages, leaves us wishing we did not have to say good-bye to its characters and makes us better in one way or another for having read it. "All My Love, George" is a good book. Technician Third Grade, George Burks was a medic who served and gave his life in the South Pacific During World War II. This book chronicles his three year journey from boot camp to days just prior to his death through the letters he wrote home to his family. These letters are intertwined with the thoughts and reminiscences of his younger brother-sixty-five years after George's death. Readers will grieve a family's loss as if it were their own, be put in the midst of one of the greatest periods of history in our nation and develop a sense of pride in this young soldier who selflessly gave his all for the life we enjoy today. The man was George- genuine, thoughtful, sincere, valiant and a real-life hero is evident in both the letters and the tender, the current words of his brother- a man whose teen years were overshadowed by his loss of a much-loved and admired older brother.
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