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There are some 65 million grandparents in the U.S. and, according to the Census Bureau, seven million or more of them have a grandchild or two living with them. Meanwhile, an untold number of grandmothers and grandfathers take care of their progeny while the kids’ moms and dads go off to work, a particularly common occurrence in this day and age.
It’s a labor of love. But, in addition to keeping the kids amused, there’s an opportunity for those grandparents to give them a head start in life by incorporating pastimes such as reading, suggests the Association of Mature American Citizens. Give them books that are both engaging and informative, says AMAC, and they’ll be ahead of the game in school.
A good book has another important benefit. Dr. Erin Kelly at New York’s University of Rochester, lead researcher of one recent study, concludes that “reading proficiency is a critical skill and an important determinant of health.” It aids in brain development.
So, grandparents should read to the youngest children in their charge and help the older ones pick out engaging and informative books they can read on their own.