SIX REASONS TO READ MORE BOOKS THIS YEAR AS A RESPONSIBLE PARENT

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are living in a world where everything seems to be changing as a speed of light and you must get yourself updated regularly as we normally do with apps on our phones. A reading individual is someone who will never lack behind with information and move according to the changing times.

Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are-–P.J. O’Rourke

A writer once said “we live in an age with abundant over flow of information but many people are still ignorant of where to get information and they would never find it.

There’s no need to litigate the argument that we are in the information age and whatever you need is just a few chick on the button and you’ve a thousand hyperlinks splashing your face on the internet with useful and not too useful information. Again someone said “we have more books written in the 21st century than never before in the history of all the centuries but we have few readers in the world.

 Now read the 6 reasons why you must read more books this year as a responsible parent

1. READING EXPAND YOUR SCOPE OF KNOWLEDGE and REFRESH YOUR MIND

The reality is that the more you read the less you would realize you know about happenings around you.

So, here are some benefits you derived from reading books this year.

  • “You become young” Even if an old person continues to read, he becomes younger with information than a younger person who knows next to nothing by refusing to read.

 Well, it turns out that reading helps in almost every area of our life. Those that read have higher understanding of life issues, higher intelligence, and general knowledge than those that refuse to read.  

  • Excuses are not ground for refusing to read. No matter your level of education, you must continue to read new books because things keep changing every now and then. You become what you read and you can’t achieve anything without acquiring more knowledge. Reading is a key to get you to where you want to go in life.
  • Reading reduces stress and allow you to relax your mind and body. If you are having difficulty in sleeping, take a good book and read.
  • Anytime you are reading a book, your mind shifts from moving around and focus on the material you are reading. I read a book every day from lifestyle to millionaire mind. You can read from poetry, fiction, English literature etc. Reading is an awesome way to sharpen and relax the brain.

2. READING INCREASES YOUR LIFESPAN

Every day, thousands of books are published both in hardcopy and electronic form to make information available to millionaires of readers across the globe.

 According to Yale researchers who studied 3,635 people older than 50 and found that those who read books for 30 minutes daily lived an average of 23 months longer than non readers or magazine readers. Apparently, the practice of reading books creates cognitive engagement that improves lots of things, including vocabulary, thinking skills, and concentration. It also can affect empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, the sum of which helps people stay on the planet longer.

This is because high achievers are keen on self-improvement. Hundreds of successful executives have shared the books that have helped them get where they are today. Need ideas on where to start? Titles that have repeatedly made their lists include: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz; Shoe Dog by Phil Knight; Good to Great by Jim Collins; and Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson.

3. READING ENABLES YOU TO CATCH UP THE TRENDS AROUND YOU

As a responsible parent, you should be interested in the economics of lives and not only parenting. You should be concerned about money matters in the economy you live.

According to Forbes, business owners and investors plan for the future and it’s critical that they consider external forces that will affect demand. Here are 19 social, technological, economic, ecological and political trends that will impact businesses in 2019 and beyond: It’s in your interest to know how the trends are leading to.

1. Economists Are Predicting A Softening Of The U.S. Economy

The Congressional Budget Office predicts real GDP growth will slow to 2.4 % in 2019, down from 3.1 % in 2018. By Q4 of 2019, Goldman Sachs projects year over year growth of:

Consumer spending: 2.7%

Residential fixed investment: -1.3%

Business fixed investment: 4.2%

Federal spending: 3.8%

A slowing economy means you can expect companies to invest less in heavy equipment and other fixed expenses.

2. Global Growth Is Also Tepid

3. U.S.-China Relations Remain Tenuous

The Trump administration has demonstrated a pattern of making dramatic announcements in order to establish a basis for negotiations (such as with North Korea). Renewed fears about the tariff negotiations were one driver to recent market volatility. The world is watching with wonder to see whether the “trade war truce” is legitimate, or if tariffs represent the long-term trade policy of the U.S.

4. Investors Are Starving For Yield

With uncertainty in the U.S., China, Japan and Europe, there are few safe options for investors. Interest rates are still relatively low, and real estate capitalization rates are undesirable. Goldman Sachs projects the 10-year Treasury rate to reach 3.2 by Q4 of 2019. Businesses sitting on cash will have to settle for modest returns.

5. The Technology Of The Year Will Be 5G

While artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT) get all the attention, 5G could be the technology of the year in 2019. 5G, which could improve processing speeds by more than 10 times and could enable remote surgeries and Uber’s announced food delivery drones. In fact, 5G is so important that China, South Korea and the U.S. are embroiled in an arms race to be first to market.

6. Bots Will Revolutionize Customer Service

Research from Gartner, Inc., shows that the use of chatbots in customer service will have increased 10 times between 2017 and 2020, and bots can reduce customer inquiries by up to 70%. This will also lead to an abandonment of mobile apps by large brands.

7. Traditional Social Media Companies Are Struggling

I believe 2019 will mark a down year for social network companies such as Facebook. Companies focused on growing through social media are shifting spending to new platforms.

8. E-Commerce Grows At A Torrid Pace

E-commerce is expected to grow 20%, on pace with its 2017-2018 growth rate. More and more, even traditional brands are considering direct-to-consumer to be a channel they can’t ignore.

9. The Software As A Service (SaaS) Revolution Dominates Small Business

Historically, small and mid-market businesses have had a difficult time finding sector-specific software products. A Cisco study suggests 74% of application workloads will be SaaS-based by 2020. For example, companies who once focused only on CRM (such as Insightly, Zoho and MS Teams), are expanding their offerings to include functionality like project management, email marketing and survey technology.

10. U.S. Manufacturers Will Shift Production To Mexico And Elsewhere

I believe many U.S. manufacturers have grown weary of China’s currency instability, cyberattacks and possible failure to protect intellectual property rights. With the threat of tariffs, many are considering options including India, Thailand and Malaysia. The recent signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement only boosted the prospects of U.S. companies leveraging Mexico’s proximity and low labor cost.

11. Central Banks Keep Interest Rates Low

There is uncertainty about the degree of rate hikes by the Fed, but higher rates are generally expected. The cost of money will certainly be higher in the years ahead. Companies will be focused on reducing inventory and tightening their cash cycle.

12. The Split Houses Of Congress Will Lead To A Legislative Standoff

While Democrats won’t have enough votes to block Trump appointments, they will have the opportunity to block his legislative agenda. There may be common ground on some issues, such as revisions to the Affordable Care Act. Other priorities may include a transportation bill.

13. Europe Is In Shambles

With leaders including Germany’s Merkel and Britain’s May losing favor, combined with Italy’s budget crisis and Brexit, Europe’s political core is unraveling. Britain’s financial system has been a credible hub of commerce, and Brexit is feared to trigger instability.

14. Businesses Will Continue To Feel The Pain Of Full Employment And Higher Labor Costs

With the unemployment rate hovering around 4%, Amazon and others have announced higher wages to keep pace with escalating minimum wage rates. Cities such as Burlington, Iowa City and Boulder have a low unemployment rate, below 3%, and companies are desperate to hire there at any skill level.

15. Real Estate Values Are Suffering In The Wake Of Housing Unaffordability

There are already signs of strain, as real estate investment trusts (REITs) have performed poorly of late. It appears we may be at the end of a real estate cycle, and higher interest rates create a natural ceiling.

16. Natural Gas Enjoys Its Status As The Preferred Fuel

While the administration aims policy at coal, many coal plants will close in the next 24 months as natural gas volume continues to expand. The cost of energy should be more predictable in the days ahead.

17. Oil Prices Will Stabilize

Markets swooned after the U.S. exited the Iran nuclear deal, but oil prices should normalize in 2019. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts per-barrel prices in the mid-$70s.

18. U.S. Companies Must Adhere To More Stringent Privacy Laws

Recent comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook are reflective of the sentiment that U.S. companies will need to adhere to privacy regulations that would mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

19. There Is Heightened Awareness Of Equality As A Business Issue

Over 100 women won congressional seats in the 2018 midterms. Companies are re-evaluating their gender equality policies and seeking out more female independent directors.

It appears as though our economy is in transition, and companies are likely to modify their investments to weather the storm ahead.

(https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeslacouncil/2018/12/14/19-trends-that-will-shape-the-world-in-2019/#2f3d80063b45)

 4. READING IMPROVES YOUR WORLDVIEW

If you continue to live in that small corners of your city, you may think the whole world resolves around your country, but the world is much bigger than you can imagine.

In order to improve your world view you should be a good reader to understand the world and its people. Don’t second guess what you can be better informed about through the reading of good books. I know quite well about different countries I have not yet visited through profiling about the countries I want to visit and know about.

The more you read about other people and their way of life the less bias you will become and you would be less judgmental as well

5. ABREAST WITH TIME

Every day new discoveries are made in various field of endeavors and you should not be ignorant about these useful information. There are new ways of dealing with the following and you must be in the know

  • Stress management
  • Weight management
  • Anger management
  • Diabetic management
  • Diet management
  • Early and late menopause management
  • Personal finance management
  • Credit management
  • Debt management etc

6. READING ENABLES YOU DISCOVER NEW WAYS OF PARENTING

 In fact, there way our parent brought us up some 4 decades ago cannot be the same ways our kids can be brought up. Why? Because the approach to parenting 21st kids have drastically changed.

Top 10 Ways To Enhance Your Parenting Skills:

  • 1: Be a Good Listener:
  • It is essential to understand your child and for that, it is important to listen to them. Many parents just keep on explaining the do’s and don’ts without giving the child an opportunity to explain his fears, anxieties and doubts. Be sure to give your total and undivided attention to your child, when they communicate with you.
  •  Show Your Unconditional Love:
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  • It is obvious that all parents love their child, but it is also necessary to show your love and affection visibly. After all, nobody, least of all a kid is a mind reader! An embrace every day and few loving words can make your child feel cherished and beloved. At the same time, the child will feel safe and happy.

 Spend Some Quality Time with Your Children:

  • There is a difference between ‘spending time’ and ‘spending quality time’. Being a parent you should try to make the most of your time with your kids interactive, i.e., by playing games, telling stories or even by simply chatting about all things under the sky. This will strengthen your emotional bonding with your child.
  •  Be Firm, Fair and Friendly:
  • It is important to decide disciplinary rules at home. The rules should be fair and just which implies that punishment for breaking a rule should not be too harsh. However, in all cases the communication should be amicable, non-threatening and non-abusive. Your child should respect you and not be afraid of you.
  •  Be Firm, Not Flakey in Your Boundaries:
  • Don’t make rules just for the sake of them! It is necessary to establish firm boundaries and to stick with them. One should not change rules frequently as per their convenience. If you strictly follow the rules that you had created, it sends a firm signal to your child to abide by them.
  • Set a Remarkable Example:
  • A parent is a child’s first role model and they should not have clay feet. What you tell your child and what you follow should be the same. As it is rightly said, a child might learn less from what you say but more from what you do. Be a role model to your child in all senses.
  •  Use Appreciation, Not Condemnation:
  • Positive parenting is very important. Instead of always telling your children what not to do, try to tell them what to do. Also remember to give them proper praise and recognition for all the good work they do. You can also reward them for their good deeds; it ensures that such behaviour gets repeated.
  • Be Open to Learning:
  • Always keep on searching information about good parenting skills and understanding and learning them. You can browse for books on parenting skills, search the internet for some quick tips or simply learn from your peers. There is always a room for improvement so never stop learning

           Put Yourself in Your Child’s Shoes:

  •  Before judging your children’s behavior, it is necessary to understand their point of view. Also remember how you were, when you were a child. Always give them a chance to explain their behavior. It is easy to be judgmental but more rewarding to be forgiving and understanding.
  •   Be Patient with Yourself and Your Child:

Always remember that Rome was not built in a day. Never expect your child to change overnight or expect yourself to become a great parent instantaneously. It all takes time and changes come only gradually. So be patient.

We hope you will make use of the above tips for good parenting skills. One day when your child rises to great heights, you can be proud that you have played a significant part in his success and happiness. All the best!

(https://www.momjunction.com/articles/ways-enhance-parenting-skills_006706/)

Six reasons have been identified as basis for reading more books, even if you don’t read regularly, you can start now by reading a chapter a day, because it would bring you tremendous benefits this year than never before.

Stay blessed

Scout Linsky

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