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Reading with your foster children – why is it important?

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Sometimes, when you’re fostering, it’s hard to remember the small things. In hindsight, the smallest things we overlook end up being the most important things. Evidence shows that reading with your foster children is one of the most vital things you can do.

In this article, Fostering Dimensions are going to look at why and really dive into the world of reading and how it’s beneficial for the development and growth of your children. It’s not only for your children either. Throughout your training, support and development as foster carers, you will learn about your development too.

grandpa and foster children reading together in the garden

Your foster children can benefit from narrative

Books have the power and magic of narrative which can teach your foster children elements like social and emotional concepts. It is written and conceptualised in a way that the youngest children can understand. This is amazing for cognitive development and gives children a visual stimulation. Furthermore, it allows your foster children to use what they read and see in books and relate it back to aspects of their own life. This is invaluable to their growth and mental state.

foster parents and foster children reading together on the floor

It allows them to cope

Book characters can become role models for children. Storylines that are rich in emotion and resilience can become a foundation for foster children to relate too. If their favourite character acts in a certain way, your children may do it too. Having role models that are not their traditional superiors allows them to use their imagination when it comes to dealing with certain things.

Foster children can be exposed to more

There is no limits in books – they consist of different storylines, different characters and different experiences. This can open up the mind of your foster children and young adults. As your foster children grow older, their experiences change too. Books can also offer children the opportunity to thing about different issues like change, loss and relationships. Of course, this comes with caution but the experiences spoken about can help foster children to see more as well. It’s always go to bear in mind that certain storylines can trigger emotional responses so be aware.

Little boy read the book. People lying on a bed. Evening time.

If anything, it builds your relationships

The simple fact is, children enjoy reading. This can change as they get older but the time you spend together reading can be valuable and help to make your relationship stronger. It helps with regimes and routines and can be a fun activity. Reading together is not only beneficial for your foster children’s development, but it is an opportunity for foster parents parents and carers to navigate through the world of reading. Don’t miss out!