Child development experts have long known that children benefit from reading with their parents. But a new study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science has quantified that benefit. It turns out, reading to your little one can raise his or her IQ more than 6 points.
But it’s not enough just to read the stories; researchers say you have have to read in an “interactive style” to see an uptick in smarts. How do you read interactively? Shadow your children’s interests (that is, pick books they’ll actually like!) and ask open-ended questions, making sure to encourage your child to elaborate on her answers as much as possible.
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