Read them fairy tales
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — attributed to Albert Einstein
I could not verify that the quote above actually came from Einstein, but countless sources verify his more famous statement that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Although it’s often a difficult line to walk, with some of us leaning too far toward creativity and fantasy, and some too far toward empirical data and scientific methodology, we all need to recognize the value of both.
Since we can’t learn anything without paying attention, stories that engage and delight can painlessly teach vital lessons. It’s tempting to see reading for fun as an optional activity that is all too easily put on the back burner. Today, I hope you will think about allocating some time for imaginative reading, even if there are no children in your home to entertain with fun stories. Reading for fun can be serious business.
NOTE: if this post looks familiar, that’s because the WordPress gremlins sent out a sneak peek at it via email, when I was writing it on April 25. But I left it scheduled for May 9 as originally planned; sorry for those of you who are seeing it twice! This happened to me once before and I still don’t know how it happens. Hit one wrong key and there’s no turning back, apparently.