A reminder for parents in the digital age

September 1, 2018 10:01:01 PM

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Despite technology's growing presence in both the classroom and home, a new study found that an overwhelming 90 percent of educators and parents say reading 15 pages on paper a day can help improve language and memory. "One Tree Hill" and "Grey's Anatomy" cast member Joy Lenz is an established actress, singer, composer and filmmaker. She is no stranger to the screen. Her biggest role, however, is being a mother. 

 

As both busy mom and child literacy advocate, Lenz partnered with the Paper & Packaging - How Life UnfoldsĀ® campaign to encourage everyone to take the pledge to read 15 Pages A Day in print. 

 

She shares tips to reclaim family time and encourage strong learning habits at home backed by recently-released findings in the Paper and Packaging Board Fourth Annual Paper and Productive Learning Back-to-School Report 2018. Some of the highlights include: 

 

Unplugging to connect 

 

Every little bit helps: Helping with homework, reading a menu, establishing a reading routine, simply reading 15 pages a day. Making a special, quiet time with yourself or your child(ren) can help develop positive, lifelong habits they can carry with them in the future.  

 

Reading on paper encourages one-on-one connection and promotes imagination. Paper is more engaging and immerses all the senses, leading to deeper focus and comprehension. 

 

 

 

Mind and body strong 

 

Research has repeatedly shown that just like physical exercise, reading at least 15 pages a day on paper has health benefits. Whereas reading on tablets and screens is linked to sleep deprivation and other unhealthy side effects, experts say reading and putting pen to paper have therapeutic value that can offer benefits similar to meditation. 

 

People who read and write regularly have a markedly slower decline in memory. 

 

Learn more about the study at howlifeunfolds.com/15Pages.