The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a highly publicized policy statement: pediatricians should be encouraging parents to read to their children daily, starting at birth. Not to be a downer, but my thoughts on this are a little mixed. On the one hand, great! We know that reading to our kids to facilitates early literacy and language acquisition, provides bonding time, and promotes a love of reading. I am so glad that pediatricians will be informing all families about these benefits.
On the other hand… Well, there is no other hand. Reading is great. I just fear that this is one more thing for new moms to feel like they’re failing at. I also think it’s kind of sad that pediatricians need to be explicitly told to do this and that anyone thinks this will make parents more willing/able to read to their kids. I know that there are people out there who are not aware of the benefits of reading during infancy, but I think what most people really need is a good stash of board books and more hours in the day… I digress.