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Good job, Mum! It’s not just about keeping the kids’ self-esteem intact, important as that is, it’s also about trying to develop a love of reading in your kids. By far the most important thing you can do as a parent is to read together with your kids, like before bed time, which you did/do. It is critical to animate a story for a child and start helping them to develop their imagination. When my kids and I read together, something we do not do often enough, I am constantly asking them: What do you think happens next? They love it. I think terms like dyslexia and dyscalcula are applied too freely to describe children who struggle with literacy and number. I was diagnosed as educationally sub-normal as a child by none other than my child psychologist father! Let’s not go there…..

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