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Reading the same book over and over: is this normal?

Parents know this scene all too well. It’s evening story time and your child wants you to read the same book that you have read to her for past week. And each time you read it, you have to read it twice, sometimes three times! Why does your child do this?

It is natural and perfectly normal. A child who cannot yet read will become attached to a particular storybook and try to memorise it. They somehow feel powerful knowing what is on the page. In order to memorize the story however, you must read it many, many times. And she will know if you try to skip a page or words in the story!

When your child goes through this stage, and they will, try to introduce new books. She may end up picking a new favourite that you will have to read over and over again. Try to find books that you liked as a child. This way, when you read it for the hundredth time, you might still enjoy it.

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