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This year, resolve to read to your kids, says Barbara Bush Center

It’s time again for those lists of resolutions. “But one resolution may be missing and is worth adding to our list,” says Doro Bush Koch, “Reading to our young children every night and encouraging older children to read.”

And as the daughter of President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush and the honorary co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Doro just might be someone we ought to listen to. 

The benefits of reading are well documented, but Doro cautions that not enough parents are doing it with their kids. “In fact,” she says, “a recent poll showed that only one in three parents of children ages eight and under read stories to their children every night. Children are spending more time in front of the television than reading books.”

That may not be something you can change for the entire country, but you can change it in your family. So go ahead, get a good book, and get reading! Your kids will thank you one day.

To read Doro Bush Koch’s full opinion piece about the benefits of reading to children, visit her article on Fox News.

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