BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Reading before bed-- you can either get two sentences in and you're out, or it's a time for you to relax and unwind from the day. It's important for kids to have that time as well.
Reading out loud to your kids before bed could be one of the best things you could do for them.
"Reading really sets the foundation between parent and child for not only a strong relationship between the parent and child but also for the child growing up for the rest of their lives," John Masiulionis, President of Empowered Publicity said.
Masiulionis teamed up with Soda Kuczkowski, owner of Start with Sleep at 1211 Hertel Avenue. The first Saturday of every month, Start with Sleep hosts a story time for parents and kids.
"Sleep is interconnected with everything," Kuckowski said. "It helps with their development, not only physically, mentally behaviorally across the entire board. Sleep patterns actually change throughout the duration of their entire lives."
With the last month of summer here, it's time to start thinking of the back to school routine. Kuckowski says parents should start moving that bedtime about 15-30 minutes up to start getting your child ready for the early wake up.
"Kids thrive with consistency, it's all about creating healthy habits right from the onset.," Kuckowski said. "The day the baby comes home from the hospital you are starting to read that book. Even if they are not aware, it's establishing that pattern."
The Start with Sleep Story time with kids will start at 11am this Saturday at 1211 Hertel Avenue. Kids will be read the book "The Hug Store" by Rick Morrison. The program will last into the fall months as well.
"10-percent of families consistently read but when surveyed, 90-percent said they were read to before bed," Kuckowski said. "But because we live in a new inundated world with all this technology, and all these things going on we have just stepped away from it. We don't think about how important it is."