Take the time to read to your children.
"Reading to young children is proven to be the single most important thing a parent can do to enure their child's success in school." Megan Wilson (Denver Post January 22, 2009).
"You children whose parents read to them have better language and literacy skills when they go to school," according to a review published online ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (Science Daily 12 May 2008).
The Reading Mother
by Strickland Gillilan
I had a mother who read me things
That wholesome life to a child's heart brings,
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh, that every mother were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold,
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold,.
Richer than I you can never be,
I had a mother who read to me.