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Maurice Sendak, the children’s book author most famous for authoring ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ passed away recently at the age of 84. While my main roles in life are as wife and mother, pediatrician, and community health educator, I am also an author. If you have ever been to my office you can see that reading to children is high on my priority list. This month’s blog post is about the healthy habit of reading to your kids.
I have valued children’s books for a long time, ever since I shared so many of them with my own children. Reading to them was a nightly tradition in our house, and many wonderful memories in our family revolve around reading certain books together. In fact, I even have my audience of first time expectant parents who come to the class “Getting Ready for Baby” join me as we read a story to their unborn child! Do you have a reading routine with your children? Are you instilling in them the invaluable habit of reading? If not, this is a great month to start. If you are, take this post as inspiration to beef up your kids’ reading routine with these tips:
Founder of Healthy Chats, Dr. Chrystal de Freitas is a pediatrician, author and mother of three children who has a special interest in health education. She completed her pediatric training at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA, and has been in private practice for 22 years. She practiced with North County Health Services in Encinitas, for 6 years. In 2004, Dr. de Freitas opened her solo private practice of pediatrics, Carmel Valley Pediatrics in San Diego, CA.