If you’re experiencing this blog, then you already know the value of reading. There is a lot of science & research that points to the benefits to IQ, imagination and learning capability. I’m not going to waste your time reiterating data that supports a common sense fact.
Reading has perhaps been the single most important and consistent behavioral trait in my life and is undoubtedly responsible for any success I’ve had. Since I can remember, my favorite hobby has been curling up with a book or a magazine. I’m so addicted, that I”ll read anything, and pre-iPhone, I regularly did. Back in the old days, I remember thumbing through ladies magazines at the doctor’s office… just to get my reading fix! Some people play games on their iPhone or engage on social media. I read the NYT, Business Insider, Apple News, and books I’ve bought on the Kindle and Apple Bookstore. Examples of how reading has changed my life include:
As you can tell, this is deeply personal for me, and as parents, instilling the joys of reading into our children was a top priority.
It is with great pleasure I can proudly say that both Rizwan & Khadija are addicted to reading like Rabia & I. Rizwan is enjoying the Percy Jackson books so much, he literally rejected the chance to play the new Mario Oddysey on the Nintendo Switch this afternoon, because he was in the mood to lie on his back and read. Khadija’s birthday was a few days ago, and she’s received many gifts from her classmates. The one that she is most excited about is a book called “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.” She’s been educating us about Amna Al Haddad, a UAE weightlifter who is a pioneer in her sport. She also loves the Judy Moody series and the Smile & Sister series.
Here is what we did as parents to instill this love of reading.
Make it a priority today to read to your child every night before bed, and visit the library once a week. Trust me, its one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
With over 16 years of Operations Leadership at Apple, Iftikhar has had pivotal roles in launching the iPod, iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch. In late 2017, he launched k12toSTEMCareer.com with the goal of becoming a better parent to his children, Rizwan and Khadija. Today, over 1214 people follow Iftikhar's writings around STEM & Parenting. Read Iftikhar's personal story about his journey from an Introvert to a Director at Apple.
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