Parents who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting, enhancing children’s behaviour, a study has found. The study suggests that shared reading facilitates a stronger parent-child bond and less hyperactivity and attention problems in children. Researchers for the first time have highlighted additional benefits of shared reading habits. “For parents, the simple routine of reading with your child on a daily basis provides not just academic but emotional benefits that can help bolster the child’s success in school and beyond,” said Manuel Jimenez, an assistant professor from the Rutgers University. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveAccording to the research, data on 2,165 mother-child pairs from 20 large US cities were reviewed in which the women were asked how often they read to their children at ages one and three. The study observed that frequent shared reading at age one was associated with less harsh parenting at age three, and frequent shared reading at age three was associated with less harsh parenting at age five. Mothers who read frequently with their children also reported less disruptive behaviour from their children, which may partially explain the reduction in harsh parenting behaviours.